A love for travel and trying new foods, this #ZolaCouple’s registry is all about adventure. Elena and Greg met in Seville, Spain and got engaged on a balcony overlooking the beautiful vineyards of Sonoma, California. Their relationship has been defined by extraordinary experiences they have shared together around the world. In keeping with who they are as a couple, they created a unique wedding registry that should inspire a little wanderlust in all of us.
How did you meet?
We met while studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain during our junior year of college. It’s funny because we went to high school 10 minutes away from each other (Greg actually attended Elena’s senior prom, but with another girl!) and went to the same college (University of Pennsylvania), but didn’t actually meet until Spain.
How did you get engaged?
We got engaged when Greg surprised Elena with a trip to Sonoma, California. We knew we would be moving to California and he wanted to propose in a place that represented the next step we would take in our lives together. He proposed on the balcony of our bed and breakfast overlooking the vineyards.
Who is the cook between you two?
We both love to cook together and usually share in the cooking responsibilities.
Favorite meal to cook for two?
We are lucky enough to be able to travel together a lot, and we love to try new foods during our trips. When we come home to our kitchen, we try and recreate some of our favorite dishes from abroad, like paella, moroccan stew, and Argentine-style gelato. One of our favorite meals to make is paella, not only because we love the taste and it reminds us of where we met, but also because when we first tried to make it, we set out to buy all of the ingredients and necessary cooking supplies like a special paella dish. At the end of our supplies excursion, we realized we had spent about $100 dollars! We promised ourselves we would keep making it to make sure it was worth the investment.
Any registry tips for other couples?
We have two tips for other couples who have a travel-oriented registry. First, we tried to make the items as specific as possible (for example, “Send us diving for a day” instead of “Travel fund” or “Activity fund”) so that our guests would feel like they were really giving us a gift vs. just money. Of course, there’s a balance between specifics and having the flexibility to make changes during the trip. We leaned toward specifics whenever we felt confident that we really wanted to do a certain activity. Second, as our thank yous, we sent postcards. We hoped that it would be really rewarding for our gift-givers to have a souvenir from the place or activity they sent us to, and it was pretty fun to shop for the postcards during our honeymoon. As a bonus, they also turned out to be more affordable than the typical wedding thank you cards!
See some of our favorite items for their adventurous eats and travel accessories below and check out their entire registry here.