Friends by Chance, Best Friends by Choice
"I met my best friend Angel in 2009, when my boyfriend's best friend
started dating her," says Amanda Rowland. "We were instantly forced to hang out due to their
friendship. Skeptical of each other at first, we became close. Through us both
getting married and divorced our friendship bloomed into pure perfection. We
are now best friends, work at the same place, have undergone the same surgery and NOW are the happiest we have ever been! We both have new
boyfriends, new lives and a new take on the friendship we were once forced to
fake. Coke brought us together this Fourth of July to share our story and
journey, from new to old!"
Atlanta Engagement Session: Southern Inspiration
"Patrick and I recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia before this
photo was taken," Katie Hopkins tells us. "With inspiration from the Coca-Cola culture, we decided to
incorporate this into our engagement photo shoot. We give credit to Michelle
Scott Photography in Atlanta for capturing this photo! She is the best!"
One of a Dad's Most Precious Days!
"A couple of weeks ago, the first of my three daughters got married in a
beautiful ceremony and spectacular celebration," Tom Kamp shares. "When I first saw my daughter
all fancied up in her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress, I was overcome with
emotion. I am so proud of the woman that my 'little girl' has become.
She is strong, self confident, poised, kind, caring, and loving. She was about
to marry a wonderful young man who has adored her since high school. Before the
ceremony, my daughter enjoyed a Coke that had the words 'Share a Coke with
Dad' on it! This wonderful day was filled with so many emotions. I will
never forget it!"
Uganda Be Kidding Me, a Coke on the Nile!
Paloma Ynda-Ramsey says, "I had the chance to visit a friend living in Uganda this past
September. I went to photograph her wedding, but also to experience the beauty
that country had to offer. One day we all took a river boat cruise down the
Nile river. It was a perfect day, a few hours floating on the river in the
glorious sunshine and breeze. So relaxing and beautiful. We even got to stick
our feet in the Nile! The little bar on the boat served cold drinks, and an ice
cold Coca-Cola made the day even better."
A Refreshing Moment of Calm
"This is what I dream of when I close my eyes, recharge and
refresh myself," says Ayez Siraj.
Smelled Out the Best #ShareACoke
"I visited Market 32 in Wilton, NY," says James Harris. "I made two personalized cans for my
two best friends Bo and Duke (two bloodhounds). I wanted to show you the photos."
Sharing Happiness with My Bestie
"We're Lauren & Laura, also known as Ebony & Ivory," says Laura Perez. "We have
learned together, worked together, served together, lived together, grown
together, partied together, laughed together, and we definitely don't mind
having shared a Coke together!"
Garfield-Palouse Prom 2015
"Just a moment to relax before the picture taking begins," says Will Thurman.
Names on Bottles for the Wedding!
"I just love your names that you have started on the Coca-Cola
products," Ashley Mazzola tells us. "My sister's wedding was two days away; I stopped at the local store to
get a few last-minute things and came across one person's name in the bin. It
got me digging and as I came across two more, I figured, let's see if all the girls' names were in there. Sure enough I found
all of the bridesmaids and the bride's and groom's names. What a fun little extra thing to share at the wedding, we had
the bottles sitting at our seats for the reception and they were a hit. So
thank you for your neat idea, we love it!"
Share a Coke, Wedding Style
Megan Fizell says, "While at the wedding of a former work colleague, a Share a Coke
bottle with this label was spotted. It was a very fitting photo
opportunity. The bride, obviously, thought so!"
From a Crazy Production Night at Coke... to True Love
Anthony Ziegler shares: "It was August 23, 2015, and we were finishing up a struggling week
on the Coke production lines, when all of a sudden a problem arose. On the inside I was upset, but on
the outside I remained calm as I asked Coquise what
the problem was. Together we got others involved to help
us get back to running production. It was that night we truly noticed each other. Later, after she had moved on from Coca-Cola, we talked more and began
dating... and we ended up finding true love. I knew if I proposed to her I
wanted to include the 'Share A Coke' bottles, because without Coke we
wouldn't have crossed paths. We will forever be grateful toward Coca-Cola Refreshments
because it allowed us to open more than just
happiness... it allowed us to open our hearts to true love."
Coquina the Dolphin (Share a Coke with Coq)
"Coquina is a one-year-old dolphin, born at Marineland of Florida," says Julie Snyder. "She is
in the early stages of her training, so has not yet participated in the
interaction programs with visitors. The Marineland staff allowed me to interact
with her and her customized Coke bottle that I ordered and left with
Happiness on the 4th of July
"Loving my dog Blue and my Diet Coke while watching the 4th of July
parade on Catalina island," says Anthony Budrovich. "My name is Anthony and so is my Diet Coke's! Life is
Sharing a Coke with My Better Half
"Sharing a Coca-Cola is a great way to bond," says Emma Deering. "It's summer time, it's hot
out, and Coca-Cola is a great way to help with our thirst. We had just grabbed a random
soda out of the fridge, got in the car and realized it said "share
with your better half." Since we were originally going to share it in the first place - what a coincidence - I had to take a picture, and share
Best Friends Share Coca-Cola
Says Kaile Allen: "Mckenzey and I have been best friends ever since the third grade, and
will continue our friendship through this next chapter in our life, which is
the chapter named 'After High School.' Although we are going on our
different paths we are still determined to keep our close and special bond.
This past Sunday we were running late for church, so Mckenzey
grabbed us a pack of crackers and a Coke to share; while we were driving down the
road I looked down to notice that the Coke that she happened to grab was labeled 'BFF.' This small yet heartwarming coincidence painted a smile on both our
faces. Yes, we both have our own journeys we have to take, but this reassured us that no matter what we end up doing, we will always be in each other's heart."
Share a Diet Coke with Faith
Robin Tucker shares: "My Aunt Faith recently died whom I was very close with. I got the
call on Tuesday afternoon. I had been able to
speak with her Monday night not knowing that it would be the last time I spoke
with her. I took Wednesday as a bereavement day. Then, on Thursday, I was in the office and decided to go have lunch in the café. In reaching
into the refreshment cooler, to my utter surprise, I pulled out a 'Share a
Diet Coke with Faith.' This literally gave me goose
bumps! I took this as another blessing that she was telling me
that she is at peace and, oddly enough, it brought me comfort in a very sad
time. The bottle has been saved and it’s
been decided that at her memorial service, I’m going to put flowers in it. I’ll
always remember this particular Coca-Cola campaign because it has truly touched
Coca-Cola Moment in the French Alps
Damien Garcia tells us: "On a sunny afternoon we decided to climb the mountain next to
our hostel. We just did it, without really thinking about difficulty, wishing
to catch the best view on the Mont-Blanc. Four hours later and thousand meters
higher we kinda began to feel exhausted and thirsty, thinking that our legs
would never work again. That's when Ahuka got out his big surprise: he had been carrying glass bottles of Coca-Cola the whole time! Enjoying this particular
moment, I took a picture of our hero."
Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After
Sarah Burmood shares: "My fiancé and I were in downtown Kearney, NE, taking our engagement
photos, when here was the perfect opportunity to get an amazing shot - not only
of us, but of a sign that has been hanging for years in the area! We are happy
to share this photo and all it has to offer! Enjoy!"
Classic Coca-Cola With a Smile
"Having a Coca-Cola and a smile 50 years ago and still going
strong today," says Krisztina Lamb. "Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Abel and Esther Baca! You're
the best grandparents any granddaughter could ask for and I cherish our time
together. Thank you for setting an example of what love truly is."
Always Coca-Cola Snowbear
This winter photo comes to us from Angie Marticorena.
Fighting Cancer and Drinking Coke!
"Melissa is a beautiful young mother to two sweet boys, a newlywed to her
husband and a precious sister/daughter/friend," says Kristen Johnson. "She is fighting cancer and plans
on kicking its butt! After a long morning of chemo treatments, she grabs a Coke!"
Coke Moments on a Snowy Afternoon
"When the day is full of snow and you are feeling lazy, Coke fills you with happiness as always," says Ramesh R.
Yes, Virginia, Camels Drink Coke!
Kay Nelson shares her story: "In October, I was on a tour of Morocco. One of the highlights
before camping out on the Sahara for two nights was having a 45-minute camel
ride. Before we took off, we went to the corral to see some of the camels.
While standing there, one of the handlers asked us if we would like to see a
camel drink Coke! We said of course. He called the camel by name and said
"Coke," and the camel got up as fast as he could and scampered to the
fence. The handler gave the camel the bottle of Coke and the camel immediately
slung his long neck back and guzzled it as fast as he could. I asked if the
other camels were jealous...and the handler told me they haven't tasted it yet."
LBF, Coca-Cola, and the Ocean Breeze
"Spent a day filled with laughter and soccer on the beach," says Akua Afriyie. "We
went there for a photo shoot for 'Live. Breathe. Futbol' and it was a no-brainer
to pull out a Coke to rejuvenate after all that running. Lucky for us it was
the World Cup Coke edition so we captured a great candid moment."
A Real Life Without Pretense or Prejudice
"Hi everyone," sayss Langelihle Manyani, "I am a farmer
from Zimbabwe, and I just thought i should share with the whole world a picture of
me and my friend Bongirai Sibbs. This picture was taken when we were visiting a
farm in the rural areas to learn how to grow potatoes. After a long walk in the
field under the burning sun, our only thought was to cool our dry parched
throats with Coca-Cola. We found it at a small grocery shop called Paa Zakomeza
and the wonderful thing is that even in the remotest of all places one can
still find a moment to share a sip of refreshing Coke with a friend."
A Coke on Top of the World
Clare Bettison tells us, "While trekking in Nepal to see the Himalayas, we stopped at a
small mountain cafe for a refreshing cold Coke!"
Paragliding in the Himalayas
"While abroad, I spent time in the foothills of the Himalayas and
experienced the pure joy of paragliding above the Himalayan mountains," says Sarah Fischer.
Refreshments in the Atrium!
"This is my grandfather," says Sherry DuLong. "He is 90 years old! Being in rehab poses
a problem for his love of Coca-Cola. It is a long trip to the machine. But he
makes the effort. This is him enjoying his drink of choice!"
Picking Antiques This Fall
"Fall is a great time to get out and find some great retro Coca-Cola antiques," George Landon tells us. "If you are lucky, you can find some great deals, like this 1950s
Westinghouse WD-12 cooler that I found for only $300. And it works!"
Pearl's Halloween Costume
"Dogs in costumes make me happy," says Kethia Cheng. "This year, we dressed up our dog
Pearl as a Coca-Cola bear."
Me, Autumn, and Coca-Cola
"Be happy with Coca-Cola!" says Linh Ngyuen.
Share a Coke with Your Best Friend
"I'm always laughing with my best friend, and there is no one I'd
rather share a Coke with than her!" says Alexis Bignotti,
Christmas Coming to Iceland
This holiday photo comes to us from Atle Skogli.
Finding MY Soulmate in a Sea of Unlikely Contenders
...the thought alone makes me happy," says Micha Kemp. "Ken pulled this can out of the
ice bucket at a friend's wedding yesterday. It was his idea to take a pic with
it...I love it! Thanks Coca Cola :)"
The Best Photography Prop? Their Favorite Drink!
"As a photographer I'm all about props!" Pam Monaghan tells us. "I love to include items
that reflect the couple or family, so the images are simply them being them! I
included some of the classic Coke bottles in Gracie's bridal portraits."
Coca-Cola Makes Her Happy
Carmen Moore sends in this senior photo from Bald Knob, Arkansas.
Happiness is Being on the Water
"There is nothing like spending time on the water to get a sense
of perspective on life," says Rob Irvine. "The toughest week of work is forgotten after five
minutes at sail."
Having a Good Beverage with a Good Friend
"I love spending time with my friends," Sammy Bosco says. "Friends are the family you
can choose, and so I love to be around them as much as I can. Friendship is a
very strong source for my happiness."
Let's Drink and Be Married
Fil Sonza says, "It's not unusual for a couple to meet and fall in love over a
bottle of Coke. Glen and Amor both love drinking Coca-Cola: this is their story. One fine day during Glen’s break from work, he went to Semirara Pension House’s
canteen to drink a bottle of Coke. Amor saw Glen and they shared a Coke
together and talked…."
One Bottle Found, One Yet to Be Found
Nina Lesiga shares: "This is a
story of how a Coke bottle connected strangers and brought happiness
to many. During a walk at the beach, I found an unexpected
treasure. Lying at high tide was a bottle sealed with a cork and a
note rolled up inside! My first reaction was to share
the experience. I walked over to three people and we opened it together; we read that
a 9 year old boy had assembled the bottle. When I emailed him, he replied, 'I'm so glad that you found it! Me
and my dad had a fun time making the bottle and we're glad you had fun
finding it.' Hearing about a boy who spends free time without
technology is inspiring. Following his lead, I added a new message to the
bottle and returned it to the water. It would bring us even more happiness to learn that the bottle has been
found once more..."
80s Day at Westmoore High School
Russell Reidlinger sends in this fun photo and says, "This week the high school did 80s dress up day. My daughter
Elizabeth Reidlinger (left) and her friend Savannah Waddell (right) shared
happiness with me by taking a picture next to Coca-Cola advertisement. They
knew that with me working for Coca-Cola almost 20 years (Great Plains OKC) this
would bring a smile to my day. Mission Accomplished."
Refreshing After Living in the Woods
"This is a picture that I took with my cousins after we went
camping," Camilia Alvarez shares with us. "I'm in the middle drinking a Dasani and my cousin to the right is
drinking a really refreshing Coke. We hope you enjoy the scenario of the
picture - it gives a good vibe to represent such a great company!"
Kazz and Ashley's Wedding
"My dad, a Coca-Cola employee, surprised our entire wedding party with
Cokes with their names," says Patricia Saxer. "He searched long and hard for all the names, store after store. He was focused on making the bride happy. He was so happy with himself and proud of his company that
he even found a few bottles with his name on it as well. True happiness is a
wedding and a Coke! This is the life."
Small Town Coca-Cola Girl
Cynthia Buffington says, "In a small town there ain't nothing to do but drink! But when
you're a teenager, it's hard to do. So we all get our buzz on Cokes! Really isn't
nothing like spending your day with your friends on your front porch gossiping
and sipping the bubbly fizz off a freshly opened Coca-Cola! Every Friday night
after the high school football game we get a group of people over and buy at
least 6 packs of Coke and sit around and tell our fishing stories of the week. Honestly the best drink for teenagers!"
Coca-Cola Themed Birthday Cake
"I am an aspiring novice baker and made this cake for a friends
twin brothers," says Dan Pugh. "Not only does one of them have a real love of the Coke brand but
we also felt the 'moments of happiness' campaign perfectly captured the
essence of the cake."
A Wedding Day to Remember
"This is my daughter and her new hubby, enjoying the day!" says John Betancourt.
Another Lunch Truck Day in Hawaii
"My 6 year old daughter figured out how to balance a Coke can
on a table one day while sitting on a picnic bench at a local lunch truck in
Oahu, Hawaii," Emily Nelson tells us. "She was so proud of herself, she grabbed my phone and took this
Sharing a Coke with a Friend
Joyce Davis says, "When we get together with friends, we all sit around playing
games. We eat, drink Cokes, and laugh a lot. My little kitty wanted in on the
friendship and fun. Caught this picture of her trying to sneak a look and a
lick from a Coke!"
Cooling Off After a Long Day
"Me and my friends enjoyed a free ice-cold Coca-Cola after a
long day riding rollercoasters in the hot mid-day sun," says Gabrielle Goyette.
Share a Coke with Grandpa
"I found my name and my grandfathers name on a Coke bottle!" says Bethany Newsome. "He is tickled
that his name is on the bottle! He's
had a long year battling congestive heart failure. Seeing him smile has
made it worth it. We love Coca-Cola!"
Santa Ron Likes Coca-Cola
Ronnie Newsome says, "This is after a long and tiring night at Speedway Christmas at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Santa is working hard to make the most
enjoyable night for all the children that have waited in line for so long, who can't wait to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. I try to make each one feel special and to let them know
they will have something under the tree and in their stockings Christmas
morning. At the end of a long night there's nothing any better than an ice
Briana and Todd's Engagement Session
"Our grandfather James Farrell worked for Coca-Cola in Los
Angeles for over 40 years," Kelley Young says. "My brother and I were raised on Coke, it was a part
of our lives. Remembering our grandfather, my brother
Todd and my future sister-in-law celebrated his life in their engagement photos."
Opening a Lifetime of Happiness
This story comes to us from Geevashini Naidoo. "The picture that I am about to share with you
was taken on the day of my wedding," she says. "It was a long summer's day for us and after
all the well wishes I got a tad thirsty and requested some Coca-Cola. I drank straight out of the bottle (with good reason -- there were no
cups available). Later, looking at the picture, I saw the most awesome and apt thing
ever... the photo captured 'OPEN HAPPINESS' on the side of the Coca-Cola bottle on the day I started a new life of happiness with the man of
Rickshaw Puller on a Hot Day in Punjab
Ravinder Sharma says, "It was a hot summer day, and I was going to my home when
suddenly I saw a rickshaw puller having a Coke and enjoying his life. When I asked
him to take a photo he started posing with the Coke. Oh my god."
Share a Coca-Cola With...
Angela Newton says, "This is my favorite. Taken of my mom and dad. Married 55
Friends, Denim and Coca-Cola
"Originally I was supposed to do a photo shoot of just the
guy in the photo, Ralph," says Shea Vitti. "I racked my brain for what to do with him, I thought
of some props that I wanted to use with him, but I currently live in a small town
where just about every store in walking distance was closed or didn't have what
I am looking for. Ralph then showed up with his friend, so I asked her to model
for me as well...and then I thought, 'Hey, maybe we can get some Coca-Cola bottles
and they could use those as props,' because in my head that symbolized friendship
and hanging out. We went to the nearest little grocery store and when we
found the cans I thought that was perfect. And the cans said 'friend'
on the side, so even better! We walked around the little town of Iowa City, IA
and did our photo shoot, and we ended it with a sunset and cans of Coca-Cola."
Santa Having a Coke on the Beach
"This is our mayor of Phil Campbell, Alabama, on a
mission trip in Nicaragua enjoying a break with a Coke," says Melissa Mohr.
An American Dog with an American Drink
"Max is a two year old Golden Retriever who loves being the
center of attention and having his photo taken," says Jessica Whaley. "We humans love Coke, so in
honor of the July 4th weekend, we put our two favorite things together!"
Husband + Wife = Soulmates
"Need we say more?" asks Janeth Bondurant.
Celebrating July 4th Vintage Style
"Jaylin is so proud of our new coke machine at Giddy Up
Drive Thru," Brandy tells us. "This machine is the new hit of our town in Texas! Jaylin took a minute to
pose with it this July 4th and we thought the picture was worth sharing."
Learning Photography Through Coca-Cola
"Coca-Cola has always been a favorite drink of mine" says Brett Baybutt. "So when I
got into photography this year, naturally I wanted to try photographing some
cool class Coca-Cola bottles I had saved. I liked how it turned out so I
decided to photograph more and also quite like how those turned out. Coca-Cola
has been a good inspiration for me during my photography journey."
USA Lovebirds in the City of Love
kiss is not the same without a Coke!" Paul Jaeger declares.
We've Been Drinking Coca-Cola
"Had a fun lunch date with the bestie!" says Aysha Abdalla.
Friends, Beach, Coca-Cola
"I got my Coca-Cola tank top last week and have loved it ever
since," Laura D'Angelo tells us. "This picture was taken by one of my track and field teammates and captured my happiness. I was surrounded by friends, wearing my
Coca-Cola tank top, and I was on the beach. Now that is some good stuff."
Happy Days, Graduation, and Coke
Gaetana Sorbara sends us this photo of her son, Michelangelo, having just recently graduated from a 2-year
community college. "After coming off stage, they served refreshments
to graduates and families," she says. "What a delightful surprise! A cool Coke bottle with '2014' printed on it. It is our coolest keepsake. I love it! Now for two more years
at Rutgers University. Lets hope I can continue buying Coke products, lol."
Bandit Collins Loves His Coca-Cola
Madison Collins sends us this adorable puppy picture.
The Bright Design of Coca-Cola - I Love It!
Sofya Tikhonova shares her photo with "the most popular drink all
over the world!"
Trinidad and Tobago's Jouvert Carnival
"Hi guys," says Reshma Anmolsingh, "this was a pic my friend and I took when we were at
Carnival Jouvert 2014 celebrations recently. With a Coca-Cola in hand, it was
just another reason to smile and celebrate! This was my Coca-Cola
Opening Happiness in Tokyo
"This is how I
found happiness in Tokyo," explains Andrew Kerr. "I recently went shopping in Tokyo and came upon a
Coca-Cola store. I immediately noticed a bright red Coca-Cola jacket
and decided to try it on and not only did it fit my style but it reminded me of
home, as an American living abroad. As I left the store I decided to start a new
project where I take photos wearing my jacket with Coke advertisements all over
Japan. Attached is the first photo of my Journey taken at my local train
station on my way home from Tokyo. I can't wait to see all of Japan on my
journey as well as see what Coca-Cola means to the Japanese people and how it
differs from America. I can't wait to share my adventures! Konbanwa from Japan and let's buy the
world a Coke!
Mayon Volcano (Philippines)
Guillermo Aponte sends in: "A morning refreshment at the Mayon Volcano with my
Reunited and It Feels So Good
Abigail Wheeless shares her story: "After a long awaited 8 1/2 weeks of basic military training,
my handsome Airman and I were reunited on the busy streets of Riverwalk in San
Antonio, Texas, after his Air Force graduation ceremony with an ice cold
Coca-Cola and a smile."
The Polar Bear Was Starving
Eric Crisp tells us, "A friend and I went to this small diner when all of a sudden
I saw this hungry polar bear. I knew what it likes...So I fed it your
product that I love so much! Keep on keeping on!"
Surfing Morocco with Friends
"The water is my element and I share it with my beach buddies," Severine Scala tells us. "There is
nothing better than catching a wave with friends. The sun is shining the
sets are coming up and you start paddling as if there is no tomorrow. To stand
on the board made me scream and laugh and smile all at the same time. I had the
happiest week with my friends Jasmin and Maren! Rock'n Roll Morocco!"
On the Beach Sharing The Real Thing!
Nils Andersen sends in this refreshing photo from the Andaman Sea, a few days before Christmas.
Shrimp and Grits Festival
Richard Sims submits this photo from Jekyll Island's October festival. "When we were
leaving the festival we stopped at some beach side shops and saw this picnic
table with the Coca Cola umbrella next to a 'distance to' sign post," he says.
"Had to take a picture."
We Said Our Vows and Had a Coke
"My new husband and Coke Zero are the two things that make me smile the
most," says Diana Gillean. "Also, the photos from our wedding where we are drinking our Cokes are
some of my favorite shots from the day. Our barn reception would have never
been complete without Coca-Cola. It was the perfect beverage for our big day!"
Australian Cattle Dog’s Boundless Summer Energy!
"Our Australian Cattle Dog, Blue Belle, loves playing frisbee
in the Georgia heat," says Bjarne Tellman. "Here she is taking leaps in our garden before cooling off
with a very long tongue sweat! She keeps herself well hydrated, which is a good
example for the rest of us!"
Coca-Cola While Vacationing in Malawi
"Last August, my husband, youngest son, and I visited my
son-in-law's family in Malawi, Africa," says Linda Rise. "I've been redeeming my Coke points over
the last two years for baseball caps and sending
them to Malawi. This is a picture of my son-in-law's father, Steven Macheso, posing in
his new Coke hat and holding a case of
assorted Coke products to share with his visitors. We especially enjoyed the
Pineapple Fanta that we can't get in the US!"
Winston Refreshing in Nearby Fountain
Claudia Sanchez tells us, "Love your site and I wanted to send you the photo of my beloved Winston,
a 6 year old bulldog that loves to submerge in any body of water he can find
(fountains, ponds and even puddles). Here he is in Mexico City's Chapultepec
Park, refreshing in the nearby fountain."
Swiss Cow Mooing Over Coca-Cola
"I spent two weeks in beautiful Switzerland," says Cori. "At the end of a hike I saw this sight and couldn't help but laugh. It seems that Swiss cows have good taste!"