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Woods + the Wild is a wedding officiant service based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Owner Candace Woods is a passionate champion of love in all its wonderful splendor and variety. She is trained in progressive Christian theology; she also performs interfaith, secular, spiritual services, and weddings and ceremonies for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Candace understands that no two love journeys are the same, and her goal is to help you design a ceremony that reflects your values and celebrates your unique love story.

Woods + the Wild is available for weddings all across Colorado; Candace is also happy to travel further afield. Candace’s personal journey has led her to herbalism and foraging, and she would be happy to make sustainability a component of your celebration if you so desire. Complimentary consultations are available, and Candace would be delighted to discuss how she can help make your wedding day even more meaningful and special. If you are looking for someone to walk with you through pre-marital counseling, Candace is a trained facilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH program, which is rooted in research and focused on helping couples build skills for healthy relationships.

  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

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Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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Premarital Counseling

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No Denomination

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Less than 30 mins.

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Scott C. Married on 07/23/2022
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Candace is the Best!

As an out-of-town couple looking for a Colorado officiant, we had no clue where to start. We started with a Google search and started going through reviews hoping to find someone that felt right for us. Finding an officiant - the person responsible for the most important part of your wedding day (the actual marriage!) - based on reviews is daunting. But, we were optimistic about Candance from both reviews and her website, so we took a leap of faith and reached out. And we are eternally grateful that we did. Candance was the highlight of our ceremony and made our wedding feel personal and special to us as a couple!

Ahead of the wedding, Candace was responsive and incredible to work with. She dedicated multiple Zoom sessions to getting to know us as a couple and listened to what we wanted for our wedding ceremony. She allowed us to collaborate with her in the writing process and ensured that our wedding ceremony felt personal to us.  As I come from a UCC background and my husband comes from a Catholic background, we were in search of guidance on how best to honor both faith backgrounds, while staying true to ourselves. Candance listened to both of our desires with respect to incorporating faith and was able to thread the needle perfectly. Candace has a wealth of knowledge, but also enjoys and is eager to research new rituals/ceremonies to fit any couple.

We had a few unique ceremony requests, including one which incorporated a special moment between us and our step-daughter/daughter, as well as a unity ceremony (which was an updated twist on the wine box). Candance not only welcomed our ideas, but she helped put them on paper and make them come to life beyond what we could've imagined on our own. Her creativity and ability to capture the couple in her writing makes her one of a kind.

Candace prepared and delivered a ceremony that perfectly captured our love and relationship as if she had known us for years. She always writes a few special words for her couples that she leaves a surprise, and we were touched on our wedding day to hear those for the first time. She provided us with the ceremony script afterwards so we could keep it forever.

Additionally, Candance remains calm under wedding day pressure. We not only had to switch ceremony locations last minute (due to rain in the forecast), but we also inadvertently left our wedding license in our hotel room. She handled the location change with aplomb, and met us at our resort to finish the wedding license without us even having to ask.

And, Candace is just a super cool person! She's someone that puts others at ease and would be fun to grab a beer with. She is relatable, professional, and one of a kind.

All in all, we couldn't imagine using anyone else other than Candace as our wedding officiant, and we are so glad we did. You should to! No matter your background, Candace puts her couples first and creates a ceremony that reflects their love. No cookie cutter "I do's" with Candace as your officiant.

Thanks, Candace, for all you do! We are so lucky to have found you and hope this review connects other couples like us to you. 
Emmy Married on 07/21/2023
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Candace is great!

Candace was nothing short of amazing in helping with our wedding ceremony. We didn't want to go the formal, traditional route and she had tons of ideas that helped us clarify what we wanted. We felt absolutely at home with her from the moment we met over zoom, and even more so when we met for coffee. I cant recommend her enough!
Zoë A. Married on 06/18/2023
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Can we get married again??

Oh my goodness what an amazing human! She was so flexible day of dealing with my disability (ended up starting our ceremony 30ish minutes late). She played with our kitten while we finished getting ready and took us through the most perfect wedding ceremony! We feel so so fortunate to have found a human with love for the Earth like ours and one that made us feel like this day was truly ours. She helped us get the perfect paw print from our pup witness and turned in our certificate for us. We truly would get married again so she could officiate again! It was an honor to have her as a part of our day! 100/10 recommend!
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Candace Woods
Candace Woods

Community and equity are the core values I try to bring to all aspects of my work in the world. I'm an experienced facilitator and leader in a variety of contexts - from leading a meaningful worship service or wedding to facilitating conversations around race and gender to guiding young people through a comprehensive sexuality program - I thrive in the wildness of community. I work to build trust and partnership amongst those with whom I'm working, no matter their age or position.

After growing up and spending years in Evangelical ministry settings, I spent a lot of time questioning my faith and how it had me showing up in the world. I went back to college, got a BA in History/Political Science focused on the Middle East, and then I obtained a Master’s in Divinity focused on Social Justice and Ethics. I'm currently a Member in Discernment in the process of ordination in the United Church of Christ (but am ordained through the Universal Life Church while in process in the UCC), while my faith values are rooted in celebrating the wildness of the Divine and its aversion to being put in any particular box. These values have led me to reacquaint myself with the natural world and the ways I want to create kin-ship with the plants and trees and waters. As a part of this, I've begun formal and informal training in foraging, wildcrafting, and herbalism.


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