197 Love Stories, from Zola and Modern Love

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From November through Valentine’s Day, we collected tons of love stories in collaboration with Modern Love, the hit podcast based on the New York Times’ weekly reader-submitted essays that explore relationships of all kinds.

From lovebirds to BFFs, we invited everyone to record their story on our Registry on Wheels or send in a voice note for a chance to win $2,500 in Zola gifts. Check out what happened next:

The “How We Met” Stories

On a trolley, in the cheese aisle of Trader Joe’s, at a bar (can’t go wrong with the classics), the list goes on…

The Friends-Turned-Lovers

From neighbors and dorm mates to longtime buddies, something changed one day. In a really good way…

The Teenage Romances

Young love at its best, established in daycare through senior prom…

The Colleague Crushes

They found love in an office/cruise ship employee lounge/summer camp/etc…

The Internet Infatuations

All the Tinder successes, Facebook reconnections, comments section courtships on U2 fan sites (really!)…

The First Dates

The *official* start to forever, taking place in Italian wine bars, zoos, and Funny Girl rehearsals…

The First I Love You’s

Happening mere days after meeting, traversing space on edibles, or right before a fender bender…

The Long-Distance Liasons

Keeping love alive and well, from across the country and around the world…

The Major Turning Points

In sickness, in loss, in tough breakups and sweet makeups…


The Family Tales

The fierce kind of love for our flesh and blood, from brand new babies to superhero parents…

The Forever Kind of Friendships

The platonic/abundant love for the people we choose to keep closest…

The Canine Companions

Tales (get it) of pups with life-saving magic…

The Unforgettable Places

From the surprising romance of singledom in Paris, to the particular smell of hot summer in Ecuador…

The Instances of Fate

We’re talking baggage claim meet-cutes, old neighbors-turned-new lovers, missed connections from restaurant windows…

The Definitions

What is love? They’ll tell you…

The Engagement Stories

How they asked or answered (ie: said YES through a mouthful of pizza)…

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