Month: September 2015

Los Angeles Actors and #ZolaCouple: Annie & Tony

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. 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 …

Engagement Photoshoot: Pro Tips

Engagement pictures are a great way to celebrate the in-between time as a couple with way less pressure than the Big Day. They are also a handy distraction for nagging relatives begging for wedding details, so when your Great Aunt calls to give her unsolicited opinion on reception tablecloths, you can say “we haven’t made any decisions yet, but here, look at these!” Works like a charm. We teamed up with photographer Alisha Siegel for some Engagement Photoshoot Pro Tips. Whether it’s the day of the proposal or you have a little more time to prepare, here’s a rundown of everything you and your partner should consider for your photoshoot. Start at Home “I like to start in your home if possible. It’s the one place you share as a couple and it tells me a lot about your personalities. Most young couples have tiny, cramped apartments, jam packed with charm. You’ll always want to remember your first apartment, so why not start there?” Location Scout Yourself “Next up we can head to your favorite …

Bring Zen to Your Den

It’s hard to remember the last time you got to stay in and just do you, right? Busy schedules full of work events, wedding planning, family obligations and those things you just can’t miss leave very little time for relaxing. These picks help bring a little zen into your life, so when you come home you can check the chaos at the door. Herringbone Throw Curl up on the couch with this luxe cotton throw for the ultimate ‘me time’ experience. Veg out with a cozy blanket with tons of warm, calming colors to choose from. Gordon Ramsay 3-Piece Beverage Set Soothe your soul with a cup of hot tea. This 3-piece set comes in tranquil tones and features everything you need for a relaxing tea time. Just add water. Zola Exclusive 3-Piece Mini Vase Set If waking up with fresh flowers everyday seems like a bit of a stretch, try these mini bud vases that look great empty, too. You could also pick some dandelions on your way home from the office and pop them right …

#ZolaCouple: Julia & Camilo’s Love-Filled Wedding Registry

Julia and Camilo met in Houston at a dinner party when they both quickly realized they were the only ones there of the same age. Julia had recently moved from Ukraine and Camilo offered to show her around town. Through their shared love of art galleries and exploration, their relationship developed, and Camilo popped the question on one fateful walk. How did you meet? We first met at a house sushi party. We were the only couple our age there so we naturally gravitated towards each other. I had recently moved from Ukraine to the US and Camilo offered to show me around the city. We got to know each other over walks in art galleries , coffee at small downtown coffee shops, and romantic dinners. How did you get engaged? We got engaged at Hermann Park (Houston, TX). We went for a walk on a cool fall evening and once we reached the water fountains Camilo said some sweet words and proposed. We finished the night with a great dinner at our favorite restaurant and wine …

How To Build The Perfect Cheese Plate

Building the perfect cheese plate isn’t as hard as it seems. You don’t have to know your cheeses, but you do have to know your textures. And colors. And shapes. And countries. And animals. But that’s it, we swear. Now back to the platter – a good mix-and-match philosophy goes a long way: hard, soft, crumbled, cubed, Swiss, goat, creamy, blue… the list goes on. If you stick to only one cheese per category, you’re on your way to the perfect plate. Note: you don’t need to get one from every category, unless you’re hosting your entire extended family’s extended family, in-laws, plus ones and pets, of course. The perfect complement to savory dairy deliciousness is a sweet spreadable jam. But what to pick? Murray’s Pair of the Month Club offers you the perfect cheese and spread pairing without any guesswork. All you have to do is sign for the package. Now that you’ve got your sweet and your savory, grab your favorite crackers and get this party started! Oh, wait. Don’t forget the platter. An inviting …

What To Expect This Engagement Season

Just as wedding season starts to wind down, engagement season picks up. This year, it’s going to be more in-your-face than ever before. Here are a few trends to look out for on the horizon. The Picture Ah yes, the picture – you know the one. Generally taken moments after he gets up from one knee, where he puts his arm around her and she puts her left hand oh-so-perfectly on his chest ensuring her new hardware is front and center, not to be missed. Yes, THAT picture. The picture used to be an afterthought of the engagement – couples waiting even a few days to post their first shot as Mr. and Mrs. To-Be. This year, it’s an integral part of the experience most certainly posted within the hour. After all, if a couple doesn’t post an engagement picture, are they actually engaged? Personal Details With all eyes on the proposal (we’re looking at you, Instagram), couples are under more pressure to have their engagement stand out and as a result, the details matter more than ever. …