On Sept. 8, 2023, Peter Cook said “I do” to Alba Jancou in an intimate ceremony in Capri, Italy. At the time, Jancou was a 24-year-old real estate agent from New Hampton who had been engaged to Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband since September 2019, when Cook popped the question during a Greek getaway. Despite her job selling upscale property, Jancou has a different background. In 2022, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The New School in New York, a feat she celebrated on Instagram. “College grad,” she captioned a photo of herself in a cap and gown.
Jancou grew up between New York and Europe, having attended school in Somerset, England, where she focused on media, business, and psychology at the Millfield boarding school, according to her profile on Hamptons Real Estate’s website. She also spent a lot of time in Gstaad, Switzerland. In early 2019, Jancou moved to Sag Harbor. Cook’s architectural business is based in Southampton, which suggests Jancou left New York City after getting together with her now-husband.
As her prestigious education and childhood experiences in the Swiss Alps indicate, Jancou hails from New York elite circles. She is the daughter of Tanya Bonakdar, the prominent New York gallerist and curator behind her eponymous art gallery in Chelsea. Jancou’s father is also an art dealer who runs the Marc Jancou gallery in New York. According to his LinkedIn, it was because of his work that his family bounced between London, Zurich, and Manhattan.