Bridal Designer Alexandra Grecco’s Dream Registry for Her Fantasy French Country Home

By Shayna Seid

What makes the perfect registry? Our Dream Registry series answers just that, providing an endless source of inspiration for those putting together their own Over The Moon registries. We enlisted the help of some of our most stylish and in-the-know friends—whether they’re single, engaged, or already married. (Because we’re taking a page from Carrie Bradshaw’s playbook and saying one should be able to register for Manolos no matter what their relationship status!) Peek inside the registries of tastemakers, from editors and stylists to wedding planners and beyond. Your dream registry is just a click away.

We’ve been big fans of Alexandra Grecco for a while—the founder and the bridal brand—and her latest Poppy Collection has just landed in our shop. With a keen eye for designing romantic bridal pieces, we knew Alexandra would be perfect to curate her own Dream Registry.

She and her husband Jonathan Fox met “at the most romantic of places—at a somewhat divey bar in Bushwick ten years ago,” she jokes. “I noticed his smile from across the room.” And after dating for a while, he proposed during their vacation in Corsica. It had been pouring for four days, but while they drove down a quiet road, the sky cleared and a double rainbow appeared. She suggested they pull over to take in the moment. “I turned around, and he had knelt on the side of the road and asked me to marry him,” she remembers. “We spent the rest of our trip playing pétanque in the rain. We were so happy.”

On October 5, 2013 they wed at an Italianate home in Tivoli, New York. For her wedding registry, she had a strong sense of what she liked. “I knew what aesthetic I gravitated toward and how I wanted to fill our Brooklyn home with a collection of beautiful items that I felt a personal attachment to,” Alexandra shares. “But I also knew I had to be practical too, so I asked my friends for suggestions on what they felt were must-haves.”

However, the designer does note that even though they, as a couple, wound up using and liking most of what was selected for their wedding registry, if she could go back in time, she would choose better quality pieces or ones with a distinctive style. “I am now slowly replacing my initial registry picks with items that have more of a personality,” Alexandra says.

As of her aesthetic now, Alexandra loves key pieces that are minimal but still feel very special and also have an unexpected detail or texture. “I gravitate towards softer, more muted tones but always appreciate little pops of color and patterns on smaller items like pillows and serving platters, etc,” she says. “As I was developing this Dream Registry, I envisioned all the items living in my fantasy home in the French countryside. Hey, a girl can dream!”

For this dream home, Alexandra could imagine our tea towels, GreenPan cookware and Tricia Lowenfield’s personalized plates living in the kitchen. “I would keep these forever and then pass down to my children,” she says. And as we speak, she’s ordering herself the LouLou Baker Family Cookbook for her very real home in New York.

Alexandra also has her eye on some SteamLine Luggage. “I have a thing for vintage luggage and these pieces have been on my ‘general things that I love and might someday buy for myself’ wish-list for a long time,” she shares.

For couples making their registries for the first time, Alexandra recommends taking your sweet time. “Don’t add things just because they are traditionally associated with a registry,” she advises. “I did not choose a fancy china set from Bloomingdale’s because it did not feel like me, and I don’t regret that. Hand-pick pieces that you know you have a need for and that you will get use out of. Choose plates and silverware that are good quality, feel true to your style, and will last. Do also pick a few fabulous pieces that feel luxe and are not necessities but are ones that you will always cherish.”

Shop Alexandra Grecco’s Dream Registry below!