Since 2009 I have been ordained to marry couples, and it has been an honour to creating meaningful ceremonies that reflect the uniqueness of each couple I work with. During that time I was licensed as a revered minister, however recently I have decided to become ordained through my own spiritual tradition as a legally ordained Minister and I feel this reflects my offerings in a way that is closer to my heart and soul.
Further to this, I also am also certified through the prestigious Celebrant Institute where I was trained specifically in the art of creating sacred non-denominational ceremonies. This has given me a wonderful perspective, and respect for working with the wonderfully unique couples that have found me over the years. I have created ceremonies from pop up engagements, to burlesque weddings, intentional buddhist weddings, and all of the most wonderful offerings of ceremony in between! As a published author, shamanic healer, and deeply creative person, I find the process of working with people to create ceremonies one of the most powerful things there is. To say I love my job would be an understatement!
I discovered early in life that I was deeply drawn to discover my souls calling, and spent years training in holistic medicine, herbalism, nutrition and shamanic healing. During that time I channeled these pieces into my work as a birth doula and childbirth educator and ceremonialist. To me there is nothing more powerful then working with people during important life transitions. For years I created meaningful rites of passages and baby blessing ceremonies for families, attended births and taught prenatal classes, and then one day I was asked by some friends to perform the ceremony part of their wedding. I was thrilled, and the experience was so amazing that I knew there was no looking back.
As a dedicated mother to two children, and wife of 17 years I can attest to the importance of sharing life’s transitions with family and community. It is my greatest joy to create meaningful ceremonies that make a big impact on you and your cherished guests. Together we will mark the crossing of a threshold and celebrate this amazing life we all are given.
My intent is that your ceremony will include the things that you hold close to your heart, and that your guests come away having laughed, been misty eyed, and feeling closer to you than before.
What is a Spiritual Wedding?
I feel that the creation of a wedding ceremony is an important one, just as important as the music or food! My passion is in the creation of a sacred ceremony that is as unique as is your love for one another, and as such I have chosen to dedicate myself to only a few weddings per year so that every couple I work with receives my full attention and dedication. The components of a sacred wedding bring together my that which makes me unique as a minister with what makes you unique as a person, and together we will create the wedding ceremony that you have been dreaming of. My background spiritually is very earth based and I would say that I am an animist who have had intensive training in the shamanic realm, as well as a foundation going back many years in buddhism. I believe that whatever your belief system is, it has value and I strive to respect all who request my services.
What this means is that I will bring all my experience in ceremony creation along with who I am as a person to the table with respect and value placed firmly on the spiritual and sacred when it comes to your ceremony.
Same Sex Weddings:
I believe that everyone, regardless of gender, has the right to declare their love and commitment for their partner through marriage, period. I am deeply honored to work all couples who have chosen to make a public declaration of their commitment to one another. My experience within the LGBT community brings a sensitivity and understanding to my work as a minister, and together we can create a ceremony that reflects who you are. Whether you are gay, lesbian, transgendered, bi-sexual, gender fluid, or pansexual it matters not to me, as my goal is to create an experience that is sacred and memorable to you and your guests.
More Information and cost:
Sacred Wedding Ceremony
The cost is $900 with the option to create your own "14 drum for an additional $200.
Some of the elements of our time together will be:
Meeting to make sure we are a good fit/in person or via skype.
Couples "Fun Homework" so I can get to know you better and understand your love story.
The suggestions of small ceremonial components to make your wedding creative and meaningful.
Full email, Skype, phone access to me as we work on your ceremony.
The creation of a unique and sacred written Wedding Ceremony.
Editing together until it is exactly as you envision it.
Rehearsal on the day/morning of your wedding, if needed.
The actual ceremony-I come 1/2 and hour the ceremony and stay up to 1/2 an hour after.
Keepsake copy of your Ceremony.
There is room always for elements such as jumping the broom, being handfasted, adding special readings, or songs etc..
Photo Gallery and Testimonials
"Dear Nikiah, Thank you for all you did to make our wedding the most special day of our lives. Looking back it was an unbelievably magical moment. Thank you for guiding us through it and bringing in elements of spirituality that so perfectly fitted how we live our lives." Molly and Stu
Nikiah was an absolute joy to work with! She handcrafted a beautiful and deeply meaningful ceremony for us with, and was wonderfully supportive every step of the way. During our ceremony Nikiah held the sacred space for us and our community, making our wedding day a truly unique and uniting experience for all in attendance. I would recommend Nikiah’s services to anyone looking for a wonderful and totally personalized ceremony, she is simply fabulous! – M&E Ross
“Nikiah at Red Moon had our guests laughing and enjoying themselves right away. She created a wedding ceremony for us that was so inline with who we are, that everyone kept commenting after the wedding on how beautiful and memorable it was. It was exactly how we had hoped it would be!"- Stef and Terry
“Nikiah’s support, creativity and experience made our wedding ceremony incredibly special. From the first time we met, she understood completely our vision and provided resources and ideas for us to dive deeper into how we wanted to be married. We so enjoyed the few months she worked with us to create, review and adapt our perfect ceremony. Leading up to the wedding, she was organized and helped us with everything from creating a special altar to providing guidance about music and sound.” Natalie and Nic