Blogger Megan Pinckney’s Classic and Southern-Influenced Dream Registry

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.

Blogger Megan Pinckney of Shades of Pinck and her husband, Todd Rutherford—the Democratic Leader in the South Carolina House of Representatives and an attorney—recently got married in a micro-wedding in Charleston. We have long admired her sense of style and knew she’d be the perfect person to put together a Dream Registry for us.

“My style is much more subtle and classic, while Todd’s is far more bold and all-encompassing,” Megan says. “But what we do agree on is using a lot of color, so that helps us find a balance between both styles.”

Individually, Megan’s design aesthetic is “pretty classic” and heavily influenced by her Southern upbringing and their travels as a couple. “When it comes to my process, I start with my layout, asking myself where the biggest pieces of furniture will live,” she explains. “From there, I delve into the details—colors, accents, anything specific I’d want to highlight—and conclude with art pieces.”

Charlotte Moss has always been one of Megan’s interior design inspirations, and she also looks to her grandmother’s classic style and “ability to rearrange pieces in the exact same space to make it feel like a completely different room.”

For her Dream Registry, Megan had place settings, tablecloths, napkins, glassware, and trays on her must-have list. “My husband and I love to entertain family and friends, so when thinking of pieces to add to my Dream Registry, I thought of potential parties—both formal and informal—we have hosted or plan to host once social distancing is no longer an issue,” she says.

“The Estelle Colored Glass stemware is something I believe every household should have. I’d use those for just about any dinner party place setting or even a cocktail hour by the pool,” Megan adds. She also loved the Courtland & Co. personalized and embroidered Festival dinner napkins and the Le Creuset Signature Set of 5. “It allows you to transfer food from the oven straight to the table in something that’s still aesthetically pleasing. If somehow you’re running behind and guests show up before you’ve had a chance to clear the kitchen, leaving these on the stove could feel like decor in a way, instead of mess.”

Megan’s advice for couples embarking on the registry process? “It’s important for both involved to add things they really love—even if those things don’t match,” she says. “Because the truth is life will always throw different events your way, and you’ll always need more than one style to prepare. Think less of matching everything and more of the possibilities that may arise!”

Shop Megan Pinckney’s Dream Registry below!