Joyful Unions

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About Joyful Unions

Joyful Unions is a wedding officiant from Phoenix, Arizona. Liz O'Brien, the owner, is a non-religious 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
Joyful Unions provides non-religious 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 and files your marriage license afterward.

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Katelyn and greg's big aisle kiss
Katelyn and greg's big aisle kiss
Walking in with the gentlemen
Walking in with the gentlemen
Paige hands off her bouquet
Paige hands off her bouquet
Paradise valley wedding (alex rapada photography)
Paradise valley wedding (alex rapada photography)
Doug and boys await the bride
Doug and boys await the bride
Superstition mts elopement
Superstition mts elopement
Treasure and austin's big day
Treasure and austin's big day
Sedona ceremony under dramatic skies
Sedona ceremony under dramatic skies
Holly and sam beneath the mesquite at whispering tree ranch
Holly and sam beneath the mesquite at whispering tree ranch
New river elopement (Ryan and denise photography)
New river elopement (Ryan and denise photography)
Stunning ceremony in the courtyard of the musical instrument museum in scottsdale.
Stunning ceremony in the courtyard of the musical instrument museum in scottsdale.
Beautiful interfaith wedding in scottsdale.
Beautiful interfaith wedding in scottsdale.
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
Spectacular fall desert wedding at the four seasons, scottsdale | gretchen wakeman photography.
Spectacular fall desert wedding at the four seasons, scottsdale | gretchen wakeman photography.
Desert processional with the groom
Desert processional with the groom
Romance at the four seasons
Romance at the four seasons
April and patrick marry in a private ceremony at the desert botanical garden (Ryan and denise...
April and patrick marry in a private ceremony at the desert botanical garden (Ryan and denise...
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.
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
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.
Bri and Jon elope to Arizona (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Bri and Jon elope to Arizona (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Lauren and Paul share a moment.
Lauren and Paul share a moment.
Unity sand ceremony.
Unity sand ceremony.
Desert wedding (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Desert wedding (Ryan and Denise Photography)
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...
Another happy couple makes it legal!
Another happy couple makes it legal!
Legal!
Legal!
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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Katelyn and greg's big aisle kiss
Katelyn and greg's big aisle kiss

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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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    Noelle · Married on 06/01/2019

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    Recommend!

    Liz was great! She was so easy to work with. Efficient, organized, great customer service. On the day of the wedding I almost fainted before the ceremony. I've fainted before so I knew the feeling. Liz arrived and was so calm, we worked out a plan in case I thought I might faint during the ceremony, and it was no big deal. She handled it really well and did not escalate any emotions during a potentially tense moment. We got lots of compliments on our ceremony which is nice since we have families who belong to faith communities while my husband and I do not. Liz was a great choice and I'm so glad she was a part of our big day!

    Sent on 06/14/2019

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    Thanks for your kind and supportive words, Noelle. I'm glad you remained upright during the ceremony(!) because you were marrying one sweet man! All my best to you both, and your beautiful son. With gratitude, Liz
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    Katie · Married on 01/11/2019

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    Liz was the heart of our Wedding

    I don't often hear people say the best part of their wedding was their officiant, but for us, Liz truly was the heart of our amazing day. We had only met her once beforehand, but the ceremony she guided us through felt so personal, so tailored to us, such an eloquent telling of our love story, that even though our ceremony was five months ago I'm tearing up writing this review! Working with her was so easy and convenient - she proactively updated us every step of the way, helped us shape our vows to each other, made sure we understood the marriage license process, and even sent thoughtful and incredibly helpful advice on how to truly enjoy the celebration a few days before. After the wedding, not only did all of our friends and family tell us how amazing they felt the ceremony and Liz were, we had our other wedding vendors telling us it was the best they had ever seen and asking for her contact info! She sent us a beautiful keepsake copy of her custom script for our ceremony, and it's something we can't wait to re-read year after year. If you want your wedding ceremony to be truly unique to your love story, work with Liz.

    Sent on 06/02/2019

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    Your generosity of words and spirit mean a lot to me, Katie, and I love it that you're still feeling the ceremony these months later. It was a beautiful day, wasn't it? My best to you and Frankie!

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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
    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!

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    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!

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    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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