While searching for a suitable bride for her grandson, the future Emperor Alexander I, Tsarina Catherine the Great set her eyes on the 14-year-old Princess Luise Marie Auguste of Baden . She
invited the young lady to the Russian Czar's court in the autumn of 1792. Tsarina Catherine was impressed by Luise's grace and charming beauty.
The wedding took place in October 1793 in the Winter Palace of St. Petersburg. The bride assumed the Russian name Elisabeth Alexejewna after her marriage.