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.
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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Anshul Krishn · Getting married on 11/29/2020
Wedding in the Time of COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, our four-day Hindu wedding had to be postponed, but we still wanted to keep our original wedding weekend and do a short, entirely virtual civil service. We didn't exactly know how to go about it, but from the first moment, Liz was encouraging, personable, and accommodating. She spent considerable time "interviewing", helping, and coaching us over the phone and email, including calming us down when we accidentally signed our marriage license in blue, rather than black ink, as the instructions dictated - it was ok in the end. Together we put a short ceremony that was focused entirely on us and what we wanted. As a biracial couple, cultural sensitivity in bringing together two very different cultures over Zoom was paramount, but we didn't even have to explain this to Liz - she anticipated it and asked detailed and specific questions about appropriateness and cultural preferences. We were blown away by her awareness and appreciation of our unique family situation. In the end, our ceremony (with Liz on a tablet over FaceTime, and guests from 5 different countries on a laptop, over Zoom) was above and beyond what we could have imagined. The emotion Liz poured into the narrative that she told impressed and touched all our friends and family from both cultures.
Getting Liz to officiate the ceremony was the best decision. Thank you so much!!
Sent on 05/12/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you so much for your kind and detailed words, Anshul. I'm so glad we were able to work around these unforeseen events of Spring 2020 and create something new for all of us. It was a genuine joy and pleasure to be part of your global celebration! All my best to you both. Love, Liz
Andrea Wildeman · Getting married on 07/03/2022
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!
Sydney Haro · Getting married on 03/07/2022
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.
Sydney and NickSent 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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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!
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!
Liz at Joyful Unions is awesome! Her ceremony style is innovative and fun. In other words a perfect fit for our clients :)