Los Angeles Actors and #ZolaCouple: Annie & Tony

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Annie and Tony met in Los Angeles in an acting program. It wasn’t until later once Tony had graduated and Annie was just starting that their real romance began. Read below to find out how he proposed, their favorite ways to entertain and registry tips.

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How did you meet?
We met performing together in the Groundlings Theatre’s Sunday Company in 2011 (alums include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Will Ferrell) in Los Angeles. It’s sort of like getting a “comedy MFA” and takes years of going through the Groundlings school before getting a shot at Sunday Company. There are hundreds of students, so we’d never met until I got in – he’d already been performing for 6 months when I was invited to join.

How did you get engaged?
We were up visiting my parents in Lake Tahoe over the holidays. After Christmas came and went without a proposal, I thought it was safe to stop showering and live in sweatpants for the rest of our trip, since it didn’t seem like any surprise photo ops would be happening. On December 29th, he convinced me to go for a walk along the lake by my parents’ best friends house where I’d spent summers growing up. As a total surprise, he popped the question down by the water, and a little over a year and a half later we got married in Lake Tahoe at that very same house, my favorite place in the world.


What was the first thing you did after you got engaged?
Tony had decorated the patio of our friends’ house with rose petals and had champagne and red velvet cake waiting. He invited my parents and our friends to come out and join us to celebrate! Then, my mom forced us to participate in a crazy photo shoot (gotta love parents!) After everyone finally went to bed, I stayed up all night drinking champagne, eating cake and feverishly emailing wedding photographers and looking at wedding dresses. By the time Tony woke up, I had the wedding planned.

Go-to recipe and drink for dinner parties or potlucks? 
I’ve been told these sea salt buttercream chocolate cupcakes both taste like ice cream and are the best thing I’ve ever tasted (I told myself these things, but other people did, too). My favorite drink is this rosemary simple syrup. It’s delicious and mixed with grapefruit juice, vodka and sparkling water.


Registry advice for other couples?
Don’t work on your registry after a few cocktails, or you’ll end up with 60 water glasses, 7 blankets, 12 large bowls and zero plates. Also, only register for things you really want and will actually use. Lastly, make sure both parties agree to the items registered for (I really wanted to register for this microwavable cheese maker, but Tony said no dice.)

See some of our favorite items below and check out their entire registry here.


1. Sparq Home Pizza Stone
2. Kinto Ridge Teapot
3. Rosanna Luxe Modern Trophy Bowl

Images || Robyn Von Swank


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