Capturing 100 of the greatest love stories across America. True love exists—you've just got to be willing to find it. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 23, 2013.
About this project
We hit our goal—thank you SO much to everyone who has backed or shared this project! If you would still like to support The Loveumentary after the campaign is over, please visit us at:
We're working hard to deliver perks to all of our backers as soon as we can!
Melissa & Nate
We are capturing the most compelling love stories in America, and compiling them into a beautiful coffee table book. We'll also be publishing our conversations with these couples and renowned relationship experts on our podcast, The Loveumentary.
By highlighting the relationships that are working, our ultimate goal is to reinvigorate the country's faith in love, marriage, and one another.
When it comes to love and relationships, most of the conversation in America revolves around the high divorce rate, celebrity breakups, domestic abuse, and infidelity. We tend to focus the majority of our attention on what isn't working.
But, what about the people who are making it work?
There are countless couples (of all religions, races, sexual orientations, etc.) in America who are building satisfying long-term relationships, lasting marriages, and happy families. Why isn’t anyone telling their stories?
Enter: Melissa and Nate.
We met in person for the first time on Day 1 of this project (insane, right?!). When we had our first call after being introduced by a mutual friend in early summer, we realized we shared the exact same dream: To capture the stories of couples who are in love and building lasting relationships—and uncover what they do differently. So, we decided to take a leap of faith and go on this journey together.
But, this project isn't just about the fairytale romances. It's about the husband who stuck by his wife, even after her recovery from terminal brain cancer completely changed her personality. It's about the wife who stuck by her husband while he was struggling with drug addiction for over a decade when he came home from the military. It's about the ordinary couples doing extraordinary things in the name of true love, all across the country.
We’ve already captured over 25 incredible love stories on Loveumentary.com, and are currently traveling across the country in search of 75+ more! We will also be interviewing relationship experts, marriage counselors, researchers, and psychologists who have dedicated their lives to the study of love and relationships. This journey is ultimately about intertwining storytelling and science to add context and depth to the project and final book.
In order to finish this trip, and bring the final book and podcast to life, we need your help! We already started this project, and have been covering our costs for food, gas, accommodations, and content production.
We're launching this campaign to cover the following:
- Writing and editing the final "America, In Love" book
- Designing a final print edition of this book
- Book printing & shipping
- Literary usage permissions for several copyrighted quotations
- Initial setup fee for electronic publication
- Covering the remainder of our gas, food, and additional travel expenses to reach our goal of 100+ interviews
- Shooting additional video footage of the journey
- Editing and organizing raw video and podcast content
- Marketing and promotion (online and offline)
You can check out what we’ve done so far at Loveumentary.com.
(1) Back this Kickstarter campaign, and share The Loveumentary project with anyone and everyone who might be interested in what we’re doing!
(2) Tell us about the couple you most admire. We’ll feature some of the stories on our website, and may even choose a few to go visit and interview during our cross-country journey.
(3) If you know of anyone in the media who would be interested in covering The Loveumentary project or our journey across America, we’d love a warm intro!
(4) Follow the project, and share the content you love. We will be posting blogs, podcasts, and video footage of our journey every day. More than anything, we just want to share everything we’re learning about love, commitment, and relationships with as many people as possible.
Sharing the content enables us to reach a bigger audience. That’s the heartfelt goal at the center of all this. Please, share away! We want you to be a part in the journey with us, as it unfolds and thereafter.
There’s one more way to get involved.
We are now accepting and publishing submissions from readers around the country who answer the following question via a handwritten letter:
If you were to write one last letter to the love of your life, what would it say?
As we travel across the country to capture the greatest love stories in America, one of our goals is to encourage as many people as possible to write a love letter and send it now.
Tomorrow isn't promised to us.
We don't want to wait another day to capture these love stories and shift the collective conversation about love and marriage in America. And we don't want you to wait another day to live out and share your own great love story.
We hope you'll write a love letter today, and follow along on The Loveumentary journey with us!
Melissa was born and raised in Queens, NY. She fell in love with media when she was 11-years-old, and has made a career out of writing, editing, content marketing, and growing new digital publications. She has worked on brands such as: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, the NFL, the MLB, Nickelodeon, and Discovery. Most recently, she was the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Technori, a Chicago-based media and events company built to support, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs across the country. Melissa is fiercely passionate about understanding the nature of true love and fulfilling relationships, and taking what she learns to cultivate her own great love story someday.
Nate was born and raised in South Jordan, Utah. He has worked with Fortune 100 and Inc. 500 companies, international franchises, software startups, antique shops, marketing agencies, and he’s even been a mattress delivery man… but nothing has been as rewarding to him as The Loveumentary. He is a die-hard idealist and has a burning desire to see more love, acceptance, forgiveness, and kindness in the world. He’s doing his best to cultivate those same things in his own life, and he genuinely hopes you’ll come along for the ride.
- Text: Melissa Kong & Nate Bagley
- Design: Rachel Pesso
- Size: approx. 10 x 8 inches
- Pages: approx. 192
- Retail price: approx. $40
- Publication date: February 2014
America, In Love will be a beautiful, full-color book featuring over 50 of our favorite couples from across America.
You’re probably also wondering:
How are Melissa and Nate getting along?
Every day, we will be recording what we learn about one another, love, relationships, and ourselves during this cross-country journey. We will include some of the highlights throughout our trip in the final "America, In Love" book.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE REWARDS:
Risks and challenges
BURN OUT: Burn out from long trips is bound to happen. Both of us have traveled for long periods of time before, so luckily, we have some experience learning how to keep our energy up and take creative breaks when we need them. To avoid burn out, we'll be taking time to connect with friends and family along the way, explore national parks, and spend time alone to reflect each week.
TIME: It's going to take a long time to record all of these stories and publish a book about them. But, we'll be publishing a ton of podcasts and blog posts long before the completion of the book. And, while we are planning and preparing for a smooth project, it's impossible to predict all the potential road blocks we may hit: postponed or canceled interviews, unexpected couples and experts we meet along the way, flat tires, inclement weather, failed internet connections, etc. We will do our absolute best to stick to plan and adhere as closely as possible to our reward fulfillment dates. And, should anything come up, we'll communicate big changes along the way.
WRITING & PRODUCTION: The book may take longer to produce and ship than we are anticipating. But, both of us are consistent writers, and are used to blogging on almost a daily basis. Melissa has worked in the media and publishing industry for 8 years; Nate has experience with video and audio editing, and has created a successful Loveumentary podcast with over 25 published interviews so far.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
AWESOME LOVE KARMA: You rock! Thank you for supporting this project and helping us capture the greatest love stories in America. You'll be acknowledged as a supporter on our website. And if we get to meet you in person, you will get a big hug.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
DIGITAL IMAGE PACK: 100 love-inspired images from across America. High-res for digital and print use.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
EBOOK: An advanced digital copy of the final "America, In Love" eBook + DIGITAL IMAGE PACKEstimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
"LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK: A compilation of 143 beautiful love letters from around the country, past and present + "AMERICA, IN LOVE" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACKEstimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
"AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK: For the cost of one tank of gas, you will receive a printed and signed copy of the "America, In Love" book + EBOOK version + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACKEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $60 or more
BEST DEAL!!! --> ALL-ACCESS PASS: Get complete access to all 100+ full-length interviews with couples and renowned relationship experts + "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACKEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $90 or more
THE GIFT PACK: Two Loveumentary gift sets, which include: "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $125 or more
EXPERIENCE THE JOURNEY! Receive special weekly video & blog updates from the road exclusively for our Kickstarter backers, so you can follow along with us on our journey + TWO OF EVERYTHING: "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $175 or more
8 backers Limited (17 left of 25)
SHARE A MEAL WITH US: We'll come to your town or city anywhere in the continental U.S. You (and a +1) can ask us any questions you've got about our journey and what we've learned during the trip so far. (Note: These lunches or dinners may be hosted in small groups, depending on number of backers per location) + "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $350 or more
6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)
CHOOSE A LOVE STORY: Pick a couple of your choice, anywhere in the continental U.S., and we will record a podcast of their love story (1 hour) + "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (11 left of 13)
"AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRESENTATION: Melissa & Nate will personally give a 1-hour talk to any group of your choice. We'll share an in-depth story of the favorite couples we met during our trip, and the lessons we learned from listening to the best love stories and relationship experts in America. We'll also host an intimate discussion with the group about love and relationships + "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASS
(Note: This reward includes travel within 300 miles of either New York City or Salt Lake City. For other locations, add airfare.)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $700 or more
0 backers Limited (12 left of 12)
GOLD LEVEL --> Record an in-depth podcast of a love story of a couple of your choice, anywhere in the continental U.S. (3 hours, edited into a final product) + A full, two-page spread to feature the couples' love story in both the print and digital editions of the "America, In Love" book. PLUS: "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
JOIN US ON THE ROAD! --> We'll invite you (and a +1) to join us on the road for 2 days! Eat with us. Drink with us. Drive with us. Interview with us. Get sick of us. It will be an experience worthy of your journal (whether that be your personal journal or the Wall Street Journal) + PLUS, 2 LOVEUMENTARY GIFT SETS, WHICH INCLUDE: "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:
Pledge $1,600 or more
0 backers Limited (7 left of 7)
PLATINUM LEVEL: We will capture the love story of a couple, including: 3-hour audio interview with the couple, interviews with 3-4 other people closest to the couple, full, two-page spread in print and digital e-book, and long-form written story, delivered in manuscript form to the couple. This is a great gift for you or the couple in your life who has an incredible love story.
PLUS, 3 LOVEUMENTARY GIFT SETS, WHICH INCLUDE: "AMERICA, IN LOVE" PRINT BOOK + EBOOK COPY + "LAST LOVE LETTER" EBOOK + DIGITAL IMAGE PACK + ALL-ACCESS PASSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE SPONSOR: For all of the business owners and platinum-level donors out there, we will work out a special content campaign that fits your business strategy or marketing initiatives. Send us an email if you want to choose this reward level, so we can figure out how to best support you!Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
FOR SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO HAS A REALLY BIG HEART (AND BANK ACCOUNT): We will work out an extra-special, personalized reward for you. Also, thank you in advance. We love you A LOT.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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