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197 Love Stories, from Zola and Modern Love

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 …

The Love Stories Tour: You’re Invited!

Starting this Saturday, we’re hitting the road to collect everyday love stories in collaboration with Modern Love, the podcast based on the New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays exploring the joys and tribulations of love. Whether you’re with your spouse-to-be, grandma, or BFF, we want to hear your love story. Come record it in our “Registry on Wheels” for a chance to win $2,500 in Zola gifts and be featured on a future episode of Modern Love. We’ll have some delicious wedding cake, freebies, and more. Full list of tour dates below. We can’t wait to see you! November 11, New York City 10:00AM – 6:00PM 22nd St between 5th Avenue and Broadway November 15, Chicago 8:00AM – 4:00PM Tribune Tower 401 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611 November 18, Washington, D.C. 9:00AM – 5:00AM Union Market, NOMA 1309 5th St NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Can’t make it to one of our stops? Record your story with your voice note app and email it to lovestories@zola.com. Click here for official contest rules.

Ready to Commit? Equinox is now on Zola!

Calling all Zola couples who love to work out together… You can now register for Equinox 1 Year All-Access memberships, 12-Pack Duet Training Packages, and 12-Pack Tier 3 Training Packages only on Zola! If you haven’t had the pleasure yet of working out at one of Equinox’s beautiful, next-level gyms, now’s the time to take advantage. They have such next-level equipment and amenities that almost make you forget that you’re working out… almost. To celebrate our launch, we hosted a fun event with Equinox featuring an intimate partner-based workout class followed by a sweaty-chic engagement shoot. The class had everything from lifts and squats to serious ab strengtheners and the photos afterward were absolutely priceless. Check out some of our fave hot (litearlly) Zola x Equinox couples below. Clara & James Melissa & Kyle Emma & Sam Shop the exclusive Equinox collection.

A Note (and Video!) From Our Co-Founders

To Our Zola Couples and Their Guests, Four years ago, we set out on a mission to build the best wedding registry for couples getting married today. Since then, we’ve worked with over 300,000 couples just like you (and sent out about the same amount of KitchenAid mixers). We’ve chatted with 5,361 of your lovely grandmothers. We’ve added 70 men and women to the Zola team who, just like us, will do anything for love. And we’ve been overwhelmed by the love we’ve received from you in the process. Thank you so much for being part of our journey thus far—it’s been our absolute pleasure being part of yours. Now let’s eat some cake! Shan & Nobu Co-Founders, Zola Watch our co-founders share how Zola started, our mission, and more! And in honor of our fourth birthday, take 20% off the entire Zola store with code ZOLATURNS4 through Friday, October 13th.* Shop our new arrivals to start. *Brand and category exclusions apply.

Wedding Florals Q&A with Putnam & Putnam

Wedding flowers are no longer your parents’ wedding flowers. With the growth of the ‘gram, and the modernization of weddings, brides and grooms-to-be are getting unlimited inspiration for their wedding florals. But why should wedding flowers end at the reception? We partnered with Mike and Darroch Putnam of Putnam & Putnam to take wedding themes (rustic, black tie, and boho) to your dining room table. Afterwards, we sat down with Darroch to talk what’s trending in florals. Check out what he has to say about an industry that’s very much in bloom! 1. First and foremost, how’d you two meet and find yourself making these amazing flower arrangements together? Michael and I met just about ten years ago while studying in college in Southern California. We moved to New York shortly thereafter to pursue careers in Interior Design and Photography. After a few years in the industry Michael, a bit restless with long days at a desk, began shopping for flowers at farmers markets and the 28th Street flower market on weekends. He’d create arrangements …

Drybar is Now on Zola: Register for Blowouts and Updos!

Ready to be blown away? (Haha…) Starting today, you can register for Drybar services exclusively at Zola. Now brides can treat themselves—even their whole wedding party—to blowouts and updos leading up to, on, and even after the big day. Think engagement party, bridal shower, ceremony and reception, first anniversary and more. We love when we get to launch cool brands, but this one has us feeling extra happy. Because Drybar is truly one of the happiest places on earth. Few things are more relaxing (especially when you’ve been knee-deep in wedding planning), than letting a pro wash your hair with delicious-smelling products, perform a deep head massage followed by a perfect blow out while sipping on unlimited bubbly. So we’re celebrating! And we want you to take part. Every Friday thru Sunday until September 3rd, we’re treating any and every woman at these select Drybar locations to the ultimate wedding-movie marathon and $10 off their blowout with code ZOLA10: Austin Boston: Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square Las Vegas Los Angeles: Culver City and Pacific City …

It’s Here: Zola x Backcountry

Adventurous couples, rejoice! We are so excited to announce that Zola has exclusively partnered with Backcountry, the leading outdoor store. Starting today, hikers and campers in love can add gifts from our epic collection of top-notch equipment. From next-level tents and heavy-duty backpacks to compact hammocks and sleeping bags, there are nearly 700 gifts featured from 14 of the most sought-after outdoor brands, including Goal Zero, Kammok, Mountainsmith, Rab, and more. Ready to gear up for a lifetime of shared adventures? Course you are. Add some adventurous gifts to your registry today.

How to Find Your Newlywed Home Scent: Tips from the Founder & CEO of Red Flower

Your spouse-to-be’s a minimalist. You’re a maximalist. They love pops of color. You’re a fan of neutrals. Merging tastes with your spouse-to-be can be difficult, especially when you’re deciding on the perfect scent for your home. So we went to Red Flower, a body care and beauty product company with an emphasis on wellness and the environment, and chatted up their founder and CEO, Yael Alkalay. Find out how to find the right essence for you as a couple, secrets about their candles and more. 1. What advice would you give to an engaged couple looking to choose a scent for their newlywed home? What a fantastic question! You want to find a scent that makes the you both feel at home, as well as one that represents long-lasting union, a bond. Scent is a wonderful way to share and communicate without words and so many factors affect how a couple might experience scent (time of day, proximity to water, size of space to name a few). I recommend thinking long term, so look for …

Zola x Paperless Post: Matching Wedding Websites and Invitations

Overwhelmed with wedding planning? We hear you. From venues and flowers to wedding paper and websites, all the decision-making can be dizzying. Thanks to our latest collaboration, we’ve made one decision much easier for you. We partnered with Paperless Post on a collection of website designs and matching wedding stationary, like save the dates and invitations. We’ve got five beautiful options with tons more on the horizon. Take a peek. Are your nuptials in New York, San Francisco, or Washington D.C.? Don’t miss these elegant designs inspired by those cities’ skylines. If you’re all about the gold, try Josephine Baker. For our floral-loving couples, meet Fleurs Sauvage. Take a look at all of Zola’s wedding website designs here. Don’t forget—they’re all free to use!

How to Pick Your Father-Daughter Dance Song

Picking THE song for your father-daughter dance can be a real head-scratcher. There are a lot of feels in the air that day. So do you go sentimental? Or do keep things fun and upbeat? We get it, it’s a difficult decision. So here are a few tips to help guide your song search. Step one: Pick your mood. Make this a joint decision with you dear old dad. Would you both rather jump around and get silly? Or would you like to keep it elegant and nostalgic? Settling on this will help narrow down your song options out there. Step two: Practice, practice, practice. Whether you’re doing a traditional slow dance or full-blown choreographed routine, it never hurts to rehearse. Even if you do it just once or twice (or take a dance lesson), it’ll cut down on any jitters or potentially awkward moments. Step three: Share the love. Do you two not enjoy the spotlight? Consider inviting other couples—the groom and mother of the bride, the groom’s parents—to join you on the dance …