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Zola Unveiled

Tony and I were the “featured couple” of the day on Zola Unveiled, a “modern registry” website that we used to register for our wedding. I decided to register us there because I liked the selection of gifts they’ve curated, and you can also register for experiences like cooking classes, as well as a honeymoon fund, all in one place. (We also registered through The Knot because you can sync registries from lots of major department stores there and a percentage of any gifts purchased goes to a charity of your choice. And we set up a registry with the I Do Foundation, so people could donate to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles or the ASPCA as a gift.) If you want to read our interview, you can check it out the edited version here or read our full responses below!

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?
It’s a long story that involves accidentally crashing a car into a tree, and a lot of cake. In a nutshell: 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. 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 this insane photo shoot. And 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… Or so I thought.


Gift you’re most excited for on your registry?
Oh man, I fantasized about this gold flatware for a long, long time. I feel like Marie Antoinette when I eat breakfast with it. Tony was most excited for the honeymoon fund; he considers blending a protein shake cooking, so he was more stoked about getting experiences than fancy pots and pans he doesn’t know how to use. Plus, with Tony’s demanding work schedule (he’s starring on the upcoming School of Rock TV series), being able to travel for fun is a real luxury. But we love EVERYTHING on our registry. That’s why we registered for it!


Best party you’ve hosted or attended together?
Every year, we host a big holiday party at our house. I cook for days and then make Tony do all the last minute prep, so I can shower and not smell like meat and sweat when the guests arrive. I come from a long line of women who like to eat and know how to cook, so I make all my favorite recipes and all our friends come over to stuff their faces and be merry. This year, we asked people to bring blankets, jackets or socks in lieu of alcohol, and the next night people came back over to help us distribute them to the homeless in downtown L.A. Best party yet.


Go-to recipe 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).


Tips on decorating when you have people over?
My decorating mostly consists of hiding my “organized” piles of junk in closets so I look like a functioning adult. But I also love to go to the flower mart in downtown L.A., where they have the largest selection of flowers for the best prices. Bud vases are great, because you can scatter them all over, and get a lot of bang for your buck out of one bouquet; I’ve even used shot glasses as tiny, super classy vases.


Would you rather be the host or the guest?
Host. I love to feed people, and listen to them tell me how much they love my cooking and neat, junk-pile free counters. Unless I was invited to the Vanity Fair Oscars party. Then I would choose guest.


Favorite cocktail?
This rosemary simple syrup is heaven when mixed with grapefruit juice, vodka and sparkling water.


Registry advice for other couples?

Don’t drink and register, 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. And 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.)