Carly and John | Torquay + Gladioli wedding

Gladioli wedding

 

Carly signed up for a part time job, slinging pizzas. The restaurant was vibrant and bustling, and she fitted in perfectly. Little did she Carly realise, but she had caught the eye of one of the owners, a shy guy with big brown eyes. John was smitten with this tall blonde with a quick wit and a charming smile. But little did John know, but he had caught Carly’s eye also. As other staff watched on over the coming weeks and months, Carly and John’s friendship developed and grew. And eventually, as many of the on lookers were holding their breath and hoping for, Carly and John fell in love.

 

When it starts in friendship and grows into love, is something special to behold.

 

I was honoured to photograph John and Carly’s wedding. Such highs of emotions, and thick with laughter. I was welcomed into the clan for the day, with big warm arms and welcoming smiles. This is what it’s like, I thought, when you get married and become part of a new family.

 

Come along on the adventure that was John and Carly’s wedding. There wasn’t a moment missed.

 

 

I loved visiting John at the home he grew up in when he was getting ready. The walls were filled with photographs and memorabilia of John and his brothers as they were growing up. When I arrived the boys were already in fine form. Dressing took longer than expected though. Tends to happen when you’ve got to take the tags off everything, unpick the suit pockets, and learn to fold pocket squares.

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John and Carly have only very recently built and moved into a new home in Torquay. Everything looked and smelled perfectly new. Carly and her bridesmaids created some of the very first new memories in the house as she got ready for her wedding.

 

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It may have been a stormy day in Torquay, but we were willing to take our chances out in the open.  A few light drops of rain wasn’t going to spoil this parade. I’m glad we ventured out because that sky rolled around us beautifully. Sometimes it rumbled, but most of the time it just swirled gently around the beautiful newlyweds.

 

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Note to self: expect lots of photo-bombers in lycra when photographing on popular bike and running track.

 

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Ahhhhhh, as soon as we hit Inverleigh, we were blessed with gorgeous sunshine to warm our hearts. This bunch of gorgeous folk were some kind of awesome.

 

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Hey Carly, how are you going with that veil there? Pesky thing. Beautiful. But pesky.

 

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We arrived at Gladioli in Inverliegh well and truly ready for the festivities to kick off. Oh, and my, kick off in style they well and truly did!

 

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In the memory of their family and friend, John and Carly’s wedding will go down as one of the best parties of all time. I for one, went home with sore feet and a massive grin on my face, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone. As a message I got from Carly shortly after her wedding read, “it was the best day of our lives”.

 

Meaghan xo

 

View Carly and John’s wedding slideshow. I am particularly fond of the music choice.

 

Peta - Absolutely beautiful work Meaghan!

amanda - These are all so beautiful Meaghan! So much emotion captured, gorgeous wedding, gorgeous couple.

Simone - WOW!

I love that every photo you have captured really shows what a beautiful and amazing love filled day, but also the laughter and fun times!

What such a great wedding to be apart off, and the video defiantly brought a tear to my eye. You’ve done such a great job!

Liz - Oh WOW! These are amazing photos. Such a gorgeous fun wedding x

Bec - Lovely work as always :) Gorgeous images of what looks like the sweetest wedding. That dress is so pretty!

Sophie - Its the way you tell ‘em Meaghan…a beautiful story!

Pam Bradford - Fabulous!! So many beautiful moments captured. Lovely work. xo

One moment | Meaghan Cook Photographer

I’m not always given the luxury of shooting in ”perfect” situations. But then again, I believe you can find the perfect in every situation.

This is beautiful Julia. She was getting ready in a gorgeous, but somewhat dark hotel room. The rain had just appeared on the Melbourne skyline and she’d had to make the decision to move her ceremony inside. I had seconds to take a portrait of her before she needed to attend to logistics.

I had a balcony which was a foot and a half wide which I asked her to stand in. I could see the light coming in through the small balcony window and touching her face lightly. We were on the 47th floor, and Julia looked down over the city and a small smile crept across her face.

I pressed the shutter on my camera, and found the moment of “perfect”.

 

Meaghan xo

 

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Samantha and Terry | Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding photographer Meaghan Cook

Some things are just meant to be.

 

Me being part of Samantha and Terry’s wedding was one of those things. Sam and Terry found me just weeks before their wedding, but when I walked into Sam’s home I felt like I had always been meant to be there to shoot her wedding. It honestly felt like it was meant to be.

 

To add to it, it turned out that I knew Terry. From a long time ago, when I was freckly and awkward and he was my brother’s best friend. I’m pretty sure Terry has flipped off my trampoline in the backyard, eaten my mother’s chocolate chip cookies after school, and in all honesty, probably pulled my hair. But here he was all grown up and getting married. And I was lucky enough to be along for the ride.

 

 

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Melbourne turned on one of it’s scorching hot days for Sam and Terry’s wedding. Those days where you can see the thick heat rising off the roads and there are no people on the street because it’s far to hot to be outside. So the cool drinks flowed freely and the paper fans were handed out amoung guests as they witnessed Sam and Terry tie the knot at an inner city pub.

 

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My fave: the way Sam scrunches her nose when she laughs and smiles.

 

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Look at you Terry, all grown up, and sporting one of the lushest beards I’ve ever seen. Y0u were such a great blast from the past. Ahhh, the memories…

 

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Hello Tom and Jace. You know who you are.

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I was almost a puddle on the floor of confetti by the end of Samantha and Terry’s wedding, but that was just as much due to the fun I had as to the heat. Sam and Terry welcomed me into their celebration like I was one of the gang, for which I was chuffed and grateful.

 

Two greater people never there was.

 

Meaghan xo

Lea - I love your storytelling Meaghan – you’re a special kind of something Xx

P.S. – the bride has a Princess Diana engagement ring – love! <3

admin - How did you know that about the ring Lea? You’ve got a keen eye. (I must admit is certainly is all kinds of gorgeous that ring.)

Robyn Geering - Wow, this is epic Meaghan. What a beautiful story of love.

Pam Bradford - A simply beautiful story in images. Love!

Lea - It’s my age Meaghan .. Princess Di’s Sapphire engagement ring was the talk of the 80′s :D It now belongs to Princess Kate .. it’s a gorgeous ring that made my eyes go *bling* .. your bride’s a lucky girl :) x

Sophie - yes, brilliant storytelling as always : ) What more can you ask for from your wedding photographer!

Josette - love all the tiny details. You have a gift of story telling.

Meaghan Cook in 2013 | Wedding photographer

 

I usually give each year a theme. It gives me a bit of a guideline for the year ahead and something to focus on. The theme is not so much a resolution (I’m terrible at those) but an over-arcing feeling and vibe for the year. In 2011 it was health and fitness. I made an effort to exercise more (and find types of exercise I actually like) and to cook and eat better. I bought cook books and funny appliances and grew things in my back yard. 2012′s theme was ‘say yes’. Often my response can automatically be a no, and I wanted to see what it would be like to say yes for a year. I admit I found it pretty daunting, but soon got the hang of it. I soon myself seeing my friends more often, involved in exciting projects and generally having a more positive experience with life.

 

In 2013 I forgot to give the year a theme. One didn’t immediately spring to mind when the new year kicked in, and then I pretty much forgot about it. I lament it now, so thought I could give it a retrospective theme. Looking at these photos below from 2013, I found it pretty easy to come up with one: connection. Looking at these people celebrating with each other, their connection is so apparent. They may be friends, family, it doesn’t really matter. They are connecting with each other. I love that weddings bring people together and allow for those connections to be made. And not just the connection between the couple, but it might be a group of siblings who’ve not been in the same room for 5 years because they live in all corners of the world. It might be old childhood neighbours who get to reminisce about jumping the fence to visit each other. It might be a new baby meeting extended family for the first time.

 

2013 was the year of connection. And that’s what these photos are all about. I’ve gathered my favourites from the year all together. I loved going back over them all, and remembering the moments that I’d captured. I tend not to forget a face, so I did a lot of ‘Oh there’s Sarah” and “Look at John” etc. It was like I was catching up and connecting with them all over again. I found myself feeling pretty damn lucky that I’d been given the opportunity to capture all of these people over the year. Put all together like this showed me just how lucky I am.

 

So here’s to the 2013 that was: the year of connection.

 

 

What’s in store for 2014? My theme this year is family. Sweet huh? Family for me is not just the people under my roof, but extended family also. I’ve already been off visiting my brother and his family in Melbourne, and I call my mum more often. Such little things, but they are already proving to make both me and them happier.  And I’m lucky enough to have some pretty awesome friends who I consider my family, so they’re going to get some special lovin’ this year too. At weddings too, I’ll be on a special look out for those beautiful moments between family members. It’s going to be a great year.

 

Meaghan xo

Sarah - Meaghan, thank you so much for photographing our wedding. We adore our photos! You did a sensational job and we can’t thank you enough.

Jen - Just gorgeous!

Catherine - WOW! What a collection! And I love that our wedding is part of it. We love our photos, and we love you. Catherine and John xx

The Barn, Wallington | Wedding photographer

 

Meaghan Cook wedding photographer

 

I love getting calls like these.

 

“Hi Meaghan, it’s Natalie. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding you photographed a few years ago and I loved their photos. I was hoping you’d be my wedding photographer?”

 

I don’t have to think twice. Yes.

 

Natalie was bridesmaid for one of the very first weddings I photographed when I moved to Geelong, Kate and Carey. I remember Natalie for her radiance and warmth. As soon as she said who she was, I remembered instantly. Yes, that smile. Of course I would be honoured to photograph your wedding.

 

And so it came to be that I was there when Natalie married Adam.

 

Natalie and Adam were friends of friends, of friends of friends. Geelong being the small town that it is, often that’s the way it goes. There was a mutual BBQ involved, and mentions to joint friends of ‘who’s that?’ and other such subtleties. They’ve been completely sweet on each other ever since.

 

Their wedding was a local affair, making the very most of what Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove has to offer. But the lasting memory I will have from the day won’t be the beautiful flowers, dresses or location – it will be Natalie’s incredible smile.

 

Natalie and Adam’s wedding day story is a beautiful one.

 

And there it is, Nat’s beaming face. Many more to come.

 

There’s always a look in the groom’s eye before their wedding ceremony. It’s a mixture of excitement and and absolute out and out fear. Adam had the look going on perfectly. Can you spot it?

 

 

Adore that photograph of the rejoicing couple. It’s exactly what if feels like to finally, FINALLY, be married. Congratulations Natalie and Adam. From me and all of your wonderful family and friends.

 

 

Much love to the both of you, and lets raise a glass of something sparkly to the exciting year you have ahead of you.

 

Meaghan xo

 

kate - STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING!
Such beauty captured of the most radiant bride, and incredible photography! thank you so so much meaghan. you are a star! x

Hannah - WOW!! Absolutely fantastic photography but I’m sure it was made easier by having such a stunning bride & groom! Wasn’t it the most magical day. You’ve done both Natalie& Adam proud Meaghan. X

kira - omg thanks Meaghan you are amazing the photos look amazing!!!