I'm slightly embarrassed to cop to the considerable number of hours I've spent pouring over the love stories of others in The New York Times' "Modern Love" column, but it's necessary for y'all to understand why what I'm about to tell you rocks.so.hard!
Letting myself get lost in the beautiful stories of human connection while curled up with a cup of coffee has long been a favorite weekend pastime, so when the announcement came that a Modern Love podcast would be launched in conjunction with NPR, I could barely contain my glee.
Now, Modern Love has partnered with wedding planning company Zola to collect everyday love stories as part of their "Love Stories Tour." The tour kicked off in New York on November 11, landed in Chicago on November 15 and rolls into D.C. on November 18. The team is riding around in a 1970s 21-foot camper van that has been transformed into a recording studio/registry on wheels, designed to model the interior of a newlywed's apartment featuring hundreds of gifts available on Zola's wedding registry. As couples wait to record their story in the private recording studio built for two, guests can browse the shop, and taste wedding cake from Milkbar. Of course, if you are looking for wedding planning advice or registry help, associates from Zola will be on hand to answer questions.
Not in a relationship right now? No worries! Modern Love wants to hear any story that celebrates the power of love, from star-crossed lovers to BFFs, happily married couples and newly engaged lovebirds.
All of the love stories collected on the tour will be available for listening online in February 2018, but select stories will be featured at the end of Modern Love episodes just in time for Valentine's Day.
The Modern Love tour bus will be at Union Market (1309 5th St., NE) on Saturday November 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public