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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Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Katelyn and Greg's big aisle kiss.
Katelyn and Greg's big aisle kiss.
Walking in with the gentlemen.
Walking in with the gentlemen.
Paradise Valley wedding (Alex Rapada Photography)
Paradise Valley wedding (Alex Rapada Photography)
Nicole conveys her vows to Ryan. (Flat Rate Photography)
Nicole conveys her vows to Ryan. (Flat Rate Photography)
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
Alex and Ben at Encanto Park.
Alex and Ben 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!
Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Jordan and Danee's confetti recessional (Ryan and Denise Photography)
Katelyn and Greg's big aisle kiss.
Katelyn and Greg's big aisle kiss.
Walking in with the gentlemen.
Walking in with the gentlemen.

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119 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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    Ankush · Married on 10/27/2018

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    Looking for a non-religious cermony? Your search is over.

    Liz is wonderful! We hired her for our wedding in late October and we simply loved her approach, the words she put together for our ceremony, and her warmth and passion. She took the time to thoroughly get to know my wife and I, both as individuals, and as a couple, and that attention to detail made for a very memorable, reflective, and personal ceremony that all of us absolutely loved. She will make sure you have the ceremony you want and will completely delight you and your guests.

    Sent on 11/19/2018

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind and generous words, Kush. I'm so pleased to know that you and Katie got the ceremony you wanted. It was quite the day, wasn't it? And I'm assuming that the two of you will now hang up your Meetups for Young Professionals! Always, Liz
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    Aubrie · Married on 10/04/2018

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    Unforgettable

    We had the absolute honor of working with our officiant Liz. We didn’t really know what to expect when choosing an officiant and we decided to go with Liz is based off of reviews and her outlook on what a marriage ceremony should be. We decided to meet Liz, and as soon as we met her and discussed our wedding day, or expectations, and our views, we knew that she was the one. Our connection with Liz was so strong at that first meeting we both knew that she had to be a part of our beautiful day. On our wedding day she could not have been a big help and such an important part of our ceremony. She definitely gave us the special moment we were hoping for during our union. We had opted into doing the hand fasting ceremony, And couldn’t have been more glad we did. We had so many compliments from our guest about Liz’s service. We even had a couple of people wanting her information for referral! We had also decided with Liz to do the echo and repeat vows, She has sent us a couple of options for us to choose from and the ones we chose were perfect for our day. Overall Liz was an exceptional officiant and Truly was a special part of our marriage ceremony. Thank you Liz for making our day unforgettable. You will always hold a special place in our heart.

    Aubrie & Travis RANDOLPH

    Sent on 10/22/2018

    Joyful Unions's reply:

    Thank you for your generous and detailed words, Aubrie! I felt the genuine love in your hearts for life and for each other from the moment I met you both. It was my true pleasure and honor to be part of your beautiful wedding day! Take care of each other -- and that beautiful boy of yours. Love, 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
    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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