Cindie Wilding, Bird & Nest Ceremonies
04/01/2014 12:23PM ● Published by Style
Cindie Wilding, Celebrant/Officiant - Photo by Dante Fontana - © Style Media Group
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I create personal and unique ceremonies that tell the story of the people involved. I write and perform weddings, funerals or memorials, and ceremonies to welcome babies. We mutually found each other as I was searching for something that felt like “me,” when this experience called. I had worked for years as a paralegal, researching paper every day. My soul longed to work with people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy hearing people’s stories, getting to know them and creating a ceremony that reflects their wishes.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I consider myself a resource to the people I work with in creating ceremonies. I’m a trained life coach and have been told I’m easy to talk to and a good listener. People want to be heard and know that someone understands them. I think that’s key to creating a ceremony that tells the story of the people involved. I also lead women’s retreats at my church.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
This is not my accomplishment as much as theirs, but I’m proud of who my children have become. Also, I completed three marathons, the first one at age 46! Lastly, I started a completely new career, while still managing to work at an intensely busy “day job” and build my business to where I could leave the job and support myself. I worked hard so I could do work I love and believe in.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
I do yoga in my office or go outside and take a walk. Being in nature uplifts me like nothing else.
What’s your hidden talent?
Despite being an introvert all of my life, I’m very comfortable standing in front of people delivering a ceremony.
What’s your biggest job perk?
Connecting with people.