With rigorous theological training, years of experience leading services, and comfort and confidence while public speaking, I am prepared to craft a wedding ceremony that is meaningful and reflective of you and your relationship. While my background is in the progressive Christian church, I am comfortable with interfaith rituals, secular ceremonies, and creating a service that meets the needs of the couple and families that are involved. I am unabashedly affirming of LGBTQ+ relationships, competent with trans issues, and happy to officiate queer weddings, including polyamorous commitment ceremonies. Contact me to get started planning your wedding ceremony!
Based in Colorado Springs, CO, Woods + the Wild is a wedding officiant service. Led by celebrant Candace Woods, she specializes in helping couples to design deeply personal and affirming ceremonies. Candace’s passion is rooted in community and equity, and she hopes to craft services that are authentic to couples from all walks of life.
Candace comes from a progressive Christian tradition and is a longtime ally of the LGBTQ+ community. She believes in expressing faith through service and care toward others, which led her to embark on a career in officiating. Candace is also an experienced and engaging public speaker which only adds to the inclusivity of her services.
While Candace’s background is rooted in progressive Christianity, her work with Woods + the Wild is open to couples of all faiths, sexualities, and backgrounds. She is happy to help you craft a secular, interfaith, or religious ceremony with equal vigor. Candace can even lend a hand with writing your own vows. She is also available for vow renewals. Additional services include relationship growth facilitation through the PREPARE/ENRICH program, for those getting engaged, partners getting married, parents looking for new skills in parenting, and those wanting a relationship check-in! She is also an herbalist who loves the outdoors, so book her today for your hike-in elopement!
Shannan L wrote a review October 12, 2022
Candace was phenomenal. We did a quick video chat to meet her first and instantly could tell she was for us. Contracts and payments are straight forwa...rd and simple and she was responsive leading up to the wedding. She can do a variety of ceremonies depending on your beliefs, and is on top of things day-of. She instantly made us feel comfortable and we highly recommend Woods + the Wild for your big day!
Date of wedding: 10-05-2022
Response from Woods + the Wild
Responded 13 Oct 2022
It was such a joy to be with you all! Thanks for introducing me to a brand new spot in CO, too!
Alex M wrote a review October 5, 2022
Professional, friendly and phenomenal at her job. Will recommend to all who I know.
Will guide you through everything you need to know in regards to her end of the wedding, grab the full package you won’t regret it.
Date of wedding: 09-30-2022
Response from Woods + the Wild
Responded 05 Oct 2022
Thanks so much, Alex! It was an honor to be with you and Bailey on your lovely day!