Coco Cabana – Colorado Springs Winter Wedding

The Coco Cabana in Colorado Springs recently hosted an incredible and unique winter wedding.


Monika & Josue are young loves getting married before the arrival of their beautiful baby boy. A little history, I’ve known Monika and her family since she was young because their taco shop is the best in Colorado Springs. So, when Liz reached out and asked me if I would photograph their winter wedding in less than a month I absolutely said yes.

This wedding at the Coco Cabana in Colorado Springs was a surprise to many as they received invitations to a baby shower and would later be attending a wedding reception. The venue allowed catering or bringing in one’s own food and had beautiful light coming in from the west facing windows. The coordinator helped with the set up and did an incredible job blending “I do” with “It’s a Boy”.

One thing that the venue didn’t have was a gorgeous getting ready space so the bride and her mother came to the MAJECK Studios and utilized our lifestyle room for her getting ready. There wasn’t a large entourage for this Colorado Springs winter wedding, but mom and daughter got everything ready and it was truly an act of love. The joy of using the MAJECK space was that it was designed specifically for getting ready and portraits. The images tell a beautiful story of preparing for her wedding while  sharing moments with her mother.

Colorado Springs Wedding First Look – Winter Edition

Then, it was time for the first look. In Colorado Springs winter can be dry and brown. It is hard to find tons of green space and beauty. At that point, Fountain Creek is perfect. Light mountains in the background and the sound of the water bubbling near by. In February, few people want to go on a walk at the nature center so it was very secluded. It is the perfect spot for a Colorado Springs winter wedding first look. It was also very close to the venue – which was being prepped while we captured our intimate moments.

So, the couple got to laugh, capture portraits and celebrate their love privately before heading to the wedding venue.

Coco Cabana – Colorado Springs Wedding Venue

The wedding ceremony space at Coco Cabana was well decorated with touches of the surprise baby shower as well as floral and beautiful centerpieces that merged wedding with baby! The bride was anxious to get in and peek at what her mother had done while she was capturing portraits.

After a little hickup of a missing officiant, the ceremony started. How? Well, having been the photographer at over 100 weddings, when the bride came up and asked what she needed to do for the ceremony to start, I shared that in Colorado you can self-solemnize. This means you can marry yourself. Her mother and I quickly laid out the order of the wedding, which scripture should be read and the show went on. She walked down the aisle to her loving groom and I couldn’t help but think back to my own wedding. Having your parents take such a central role in your I Do is definitely special!

After the ceremony it was time for delicious food from Daniel’s Taco Shop, dancing and games! It was a laid back, happy moment in time which the couple can look back on for years to come!


Hi and thanks for dropping by! I’m Mary Elizabeth, the Colorado Springs based photographer behind MAJECK (pronounced magic). I am so glad that you found me here and I can’t wait to work to tell your story. My whole life I have felt compelled to tell stories. I have been drawn to portraits and the stories they would tell for as long as I can remember.