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182 Love Stories, Collected by Zola and Modern Love

Since November, we’ve been collecting 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…

Andra Amanda Kendra Brynn & Aaron Emily & Fred Ashley Wendy & Carson Hiba & Ziad Cydney & Deonte Alaina Uylanda Amrit & Monak Kelly Katie Mark Eric Janet Paloma & Brad Emily Jatika Emily Anna & Mike Laura Heather & Rah June & Joseph Alena & David Ashley & Abigail Maggie & Dan Marie & Chris Alicia Aliyah Elizabeth Emily Miriam Leah & Dave

The Friends-Turned-Lovers

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

Andre Amanda & Brett Chloe & Jake Nicole & Ryan Emma Audrey Monique & Gonzalo Holly Shayla & Bryant Mallory & Aaron Kali & Alex Sydney Elizabeth & Sean

The Teenage Romances

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

Lauren Claire & Tim Sam Meryl & Danny Kaila & Brian Marcela & Neto Sarah Amanda & Greg Yujin & Andrew Mandy & Anthony Natalie Hannah & Joey

The Colleague Crushes

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

Jessie & Anthony Kelsey & Richard Kushbu & Peni Amber Ebony & Keith Elaine

The Internet Infatuations

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

Dallan Lauren & Jonathan Misha & Rob Dana Andreea Brianne & John Christoph Aimee & Jenn (ft. Sydney) Cassandra & Alfred Amelia & Daniel Jennifer Federico Jennifer Lauren Lillian & Chris Christopher & John Loren & Harris

The First Dates

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

Carolyn Tiffany Kim Emily & David Emily & Jeff Caleigh & Robert Dana Taous Maria Lisa Becky & Graham Maggie Shelly Kjirsten

The First I Love You’s

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

Jenna Brittany & Jeffrey Caroline & Will Megan & Benny

The Long-Distance Liasons

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

Kim Stephanie Nubia Hugh Hannah & John Lela & Doran John Leah Cristabel Vanessa

The Major Turning Points

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

Nia & Javon Alicia & Ken Jess Mary Samantha Jennifer Katherine Martha Almila Mayme & John Chelsea & Aaron Danielle & Brandon

The Family Tales

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

Karen Maggie Hannah Jax Gabriela Yulisa Theresa Latricia Sandra Peyton Tripp Miguel

The Forever Kind of Friendships

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

Anne Carter Alivia & Alyssa Emily & Jezmira Deborah Emily & Christine Molly & Katie

The Canine Companions

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

Aileen Correy Lysette Kate

The Unforgettable Places

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

Jeremy Ricardo Vanessa

The Instances of Fate

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

Melissa Erick Michael Alex & Alex Sae Hee & Roland Yash Sonia & Chris Amy & Niko Alison Ariella Brittany, Part 1 Brittany, Part 2 Nadine

The Definitions

What is love? They’ll tell you…

Ari Dana Patrick Valerie Chandra Jessie Letal Sandra

The Engagement Stories

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

Andrea Lindsay Tracy & Aaron Christine & Max Sophia Lauren Rashida Andrea Joe Justin & Jordan Brianna Lacey & Alex Danny & Noelle Christine & Paul Jennifer Antoinette & Frenchy Christina & Jonathan

Click here for official contest rules.


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