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.
6 Reviews for Woods + the Wild
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Jocelyn C. · Married on 06/19/2021
Made us feel so comfortable!
Candace was amazing at our ceremony!Sent on 06/23/2021
We planned everything within 2-3 weeks and she
made the entire process smooth and easy for us.
I felt comfortable from the initial interview to the blessing at our ceremony! I absolutely loved how she carried herself and her personality fit ours so well!
As I get more photos I will upload- our ceremony was at the garden of the gods!
Leslee F. · Married on 07/11/2021
Thank you so much Candace
When we first had planned on having an intimate wedding, my best friend was going to officiate. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to because of work, but we got so lucky when we found Candace! I seriously wouldn’t have had anyone else officiate. She’s a huge part of what made our day so special. She has such a carefree sunny disposition, a real blessing to have for our wedding! I felt like she got a good sense of who me and my husband are, and created a ceremony that reflected that! She will always hold a special place in our hearts. She’s professional, kind, and just an all around amazing person! You cannot go wrong with having her officiate your wedding!Sent on 07/15/2021
Andrea D. · Married on 07/09/2021
Candace did a awesome job at our wedding. She was very professional, had great communication, and was fun to have at our wedding. Would definitely recommend her to anyone.Sent on 07/11/2021
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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. My full-time work currently is with 13-24-year-olds at a local LGBTQ+ youth community center. I co-founded the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition and have an eye for the ways in which policy and language (good and not so good) impact human lives. I'm currently a Member in Discernment in the process of ordination in the United Church of Christ, 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.