Joyful Unions

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About Joyful Unions

COVID note: Joyful Unions is providing elopements and minimonies now, and booking regular wedding services for later dates. Joyful Unions provides nonreligious wedding officiating in Phoenix, Arizona. Liz O'Brien, the owner, is a nonreligious wedding officiant happily serving a diverse array of couples throughout the Phoenix metro area. She has successfully guided hundreds of couples at their wedding altar during her more than 20 years in the business. A recently retired college professor, Liz is a warm, smart and experienced speaker who knows how to channel uplifting energy to you and your guests. She combines your ideas with her best practices to create a personalized and authentic narrative wedding ceremony that you and your community of family and friends will feel and remember.

Services Offered
COVID note: Joyful Unions is providing elopements and minimonies now, and booking regular wedding services for later dates. Joyful Unions provides nonreligious officiant services for wedding ceremonies, elopements, and vow renewals. Rehearsals are available if needed. A licensed officiant, Liz can help couples create custom vows, incorporate readings and participate in cultural rituals such as a wine-box ceremony, wishing stones, unity sand or candle ceremony, a handfasting, or a smashing of the glass. She also provides unlimited email/text support prior to the ceremony, files your marriage license afterward, and also sends you a keepsake copy of your ceremony script.

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Congrats Sarah and Andrew!
Congrats Sarah and Andrew!
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Elated Mother of the Groom
Elated Mother of the Groom
Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Walking in with the gentlemen
Walking in with the gentlemen
Watching his new wife sign
Watching his new wife sign
The new Mr. and Mrs.
The new Mr. and Mrs.
Hole in the Rock ceremony
Hole in the Rock ceremony
Julie and Matthew wed
Julie and Matthew wed
Legal!
Legal!
Kent says his vows to RaeAnn
Kent says his vows to RaeAnn
Doug and boys await the bride
Doug and boys await the bride
Rishi and Jackie's desert vows
Rishi and Jackie's desert vows
About to exchange the rings
About to exchange the rings
Jess weds her man Marcus
Jess weds her man Marcus
Colin suprises Skyler
Colin suprises Skyler
Frank and Val elope
Frank and Val elope
Beneath the pecan trees
Beneath the pecan trees
Giovanna loves Justin!
Giovanna loves Justin!
Jason and Erin elope
Jason and Erin elope
U.K. couple in Sedona
U.K. couple in Sedona
VIP Ring Bearer
VIP Ring Bearer
Mathew and Phillip wed
Mathew and Phillip wed
Bri and Jon elope to Arizona (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Bri and Jon elope to Arizona (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Paige hands off her bouquet
Paige hands off her bouquet
Trevor loves Katie
Trevor loves Katie
Sedona ceremony under dramatic skies
Sedona ceremony under dramatic skies
Katelyn's big aisle kiss
Katelyn's big aisle kiss
Superstition Mts elopement
Superstition Mts elopement
New River elopement
New River elopement
Awaiting the bride
Awaiting the bride
Stunning ceremony at MIM
Stunning ceremony at MIM
Beautiful interfaith wedding
Beautiful interfaith wedding
Kissed by the setting sun
Kissed by the setting sun
Maddie and Patrick seal their vows
Maddie and Patrick seal their vows
Ashley and Michael's first walk as a married couple
Ashley and Michael's first walk as a married couple
John and Bridget tie the knot
John and Bridget tie the knot
Desert processional with the groom
Desert processional with the groom
Private ceremony at the DBG
Private ceremony at the DBG
Nhu and Rich in a private casita at the Sanctuary Resort. Warm and joyous laughter prevailed...
Nhu and Rich in a private casita at the Sanctuary Resort. Warm and joyous laughter prevailed...
Mr. and Mrs. Brady!
Mr. and Mrs. Brady!
Winter desert sunset wedding. Beautiful.
Winter desert sunset wedding. Beautiful.
The saguaros witness, along with the guests, for Katie and Derek. Gretchen Wakeman Photography.
The saguaros witness, along with the guests, for Katie and Derek. Gretchen Wakeman Photography.
Lynda and Phil's handfasting.
Lynda and Phil's handfasting.
Ben and Alex at Encanto Park.
Ben and Alex at Encanto Park.
Performing a unity candle ceremony with Michael and Emily.
Performing a unity candle ceremony with Michael and Emily.
Lauren and Paul share a moment.
Lauren and Paul share a moment.
Unity sand ceremony.
Unity sand ceremony.
Simple and meaningful outdoor wedding in the park. Peach-faced love birds were singing in the nearby...
Simple and meaningful outdoor wedding in the park. Peach-faced love birds were singing in the nearby...
An official family now
An official family now
The community shows up for Phuong and Michael.
The community shows up for Phuong and Michael.
Congrats Sarah and Andrew!
Congrats Sarah and Andrew!
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Elated Mother of the Groom
Elated Mother of the Groom

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148 Reviews for Joyful Unions

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Andrea Wildeman · Getting married on 07/03/2022

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    Perfect for our Elopment - Intimate and Meaningful

    We wanted out small elopement to be intimate, unique and impactful to us. Liz did a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere that we wanted with vows she intertwined together. We desired a meaningful ceremony, that was reflective on our special journey. And that is what we got!

    Sent on 03/31/2020

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    I'm so glad to have fulfilled your wishes for your beautiful and intimate elopement, Andrea. I respected how you and Al knew what you wanted and that you made it happen. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of your day. Love each other well!
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    Sydney Haro · Getting married on 03/07/2022

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    Liz was absolutely amazing!

    My husband and I found Liz through Weddingwire and had the chance to watch her perform a ceremony through a wedding video we viewed. From the moment she began speaking, we knew that she was the one for us. Liz has such a positive, loving attitude and you can feel the passion she has for this industry. Liz met my husband and I for our first meeting at a coffee shop and just wanted to chat about our relationship, our wedding plans and what we had envisioned for our big day. We left that meeting feeling totally confident and excited that she would be working with us on our special day. We met a few months before the wedding and she never failed to stay in contact with us, she sent us emails with different questions about our relationship and allowed us to pick the format we wanted for our ceremony from examples that she had previously used. This process was so effortless and easy. Unfortunately, after two years of wedding planning, our wedding fell during COVID and we had to drastically change our plans. We moved up our wedding by two weeks and cut our guest list to 10 people. We called all of our vendors to see if they would be willing to attend. Liz did not even hesitate for a second and said she would do absolutely anything to make this day perfect for us. She had our ceremony planned out and ready with two days notice and she walked us through it every step of the way. When the big day came, she was a calm and loving presence and made my husband and I feel at home. Her words were beautiful, meaningful and personal, as she had loads of details about our relationship mixed into her message. My husband and I wanted to say our own vows and she guided us with ease. During our personal vows, you could even see Liz tear up, which just goes to show how passionate she is about her job. On top of all this, she is an elegant and witty speaker and my family absolutely raved about her for months after the wedding. She is amazing, personable, loving, passionate and so much fun to work with...look no further, you have found the officiant for you. Thank you Liz for making our day so special.

    Love,
    Sydney and Nick

    Sent on 07/27/2020

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    Life sure threw us some curve balls the Spring of 2020, didn't it? But what it couldn't interfere with was your love and desire to get married! So glad we were all able to be flexible and be there for you and Nick as you exchanged your beautiful vows. I so enjoyed being part of the day and I'm so happy to hear it was a positive experience as well for you and your families. With love back at ya! Liz

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Joyful Unions FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services?
    $ 395.00
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services?
    $ 395.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    $ 75.00
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
    Non-religious
    Interfaith
    Ceremony Rehearsal
    Vow Renewal
    Civil Union
    Single Religion
  • What services do you provide?
    Allow Couples' Own Vows
    Licensed
  • What religious affiliations do you serve?
    Agnostic
    Earth-Based
    Episcopalian
    Jewish
    No Denomination
    Pagan
    Quaker
    Unitarian
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
    Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed?
    AZ
    CA
  • What languages do you speak?
    English

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  • Photography by Joshua Killeen Wedding Photographers

    Words can't describe the amazing experience that I had working with Joyful Unions! Absolutely professional, and extremely pleasurable to work with from start to finish. Quality vendors that work well together make every single event better for everyone involved (especially the clients), and this collaboration was no exception. Looking forward to future events with Joyful Unions!

  • Alis Fashion Design Wedding Dresses

    Such a wonderful speech Liz gave for one of our brides who we have designed the bridal gowns. We felt as if Liz was the best friend of the bride and groom forever and speech filled with love, care, happiness made us moved. Thank you Liz!

  • Got You Covered Wedding DJs

    Liz at Joyful Unions is awesome! Her ceremony style is innovative and fun. In other words a perfect fit for our clients :)

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