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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
Mathew Contini · Getting married on 06/11/2021
People are still talking...
Liz was the officiant at our wedding on 11/30. Having only met via email and phone prior to our special day, Liz was able to capture our spirit and connection in such a way that our guests thought we had known her for many years. She did an excellent job and would recommend her to anyone for their special day.Sent on 01/11/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you so much for your vote of confidence, Mat. Much appreciated. It was my pleasure being with you and Phillip and your families on your colorful wedding day. With love, Liz
Anne · Getting married on 10/11/2020
Delivering the essence of marriage and us!
Liz built and delivered an extraordinarily personalized service for us. She spent time getting to know us and hear our story, and put the details together beautifully. As she read the words, both of us truly grasped the depth of the commitment we were making to one another by marriage. Since the wedding, so many friends in attendance have commented to us on how beautiful the service was.Sent on 01/05/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:It was my pleasure learning your story and being part of your beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking the city on that crisp winter afternoon, Anne. The personal touches (like the meteorite!) only made it more memorable. My best to you both. Love, Liz
Scott Jones · Getting married on 08/11/2020
Rave reviews from our guests
We were married by Liz in November 2019. Liz did an amazing job at our ceremony, making it a wonderful experience for us and our guests. The time she took prior to the wedding to get to know us and our story made the message she provided at the ceremony so personal and so special for us. She made sure the ceremony was what we wanted, guiding us in putting it together, but allowing us to add our personalities as well. Liz adjusted quickly and seamlessly to some last-minute changes we made to the ceremony as well. Liz worked hand in hand with our wedding planner to ensure everything was on track and we were all on the same page prior to, and the day of the wedding.Sent on 12/04/2019
Liz’s calm, kind demeanor and assurance she had everything under control made us both feel very at ease the day of the wedding. After the ceremony, we received so many compliments on how wonderful the ceremony was. We heard several times that guests thought we have known Liz for years based on her words during the ceremony, which speaks volumes about the care and preparation Liz put into making the ceremony about us.
We could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony. Thank you, Liz, for sharing in our day and making it so very special for us and our guests.
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you, Scott. I'm so pleased to know that you and your guests were happy with the ceremony -- and I won't soon forget the fun we all had with those last-minute changes! Sending my best to you and Leasa for a most meaningful marriage.
Nena Aguilar · Married on 04/04/2020
Our COVID-19 Wedding
Right from our initial connection with Liz we felt her positive and contagious energy. She was AMAZING from our first conversation to the day of our ceremony. My now husband and I had planned a small and intimate wedding of about 20 or so guests. Little did we know how small and intimate it would actually be! We married during the COVID-19 pandemic. So with social distancing in place, it was just the two of us, two sons and Liz. Due to the circumstances, we wanted to confirm with her that she would be comfortable moving forward with our plans. She had no hesitations and made us feel very comfortable as well. She arrived early and used that time to get to know us. Her sincerity and inspiration had us captured through out the entire ceremony. We are BEYOND happy with her officiating. It was perfect and intimate just as we had wanted. She made us feel so special, that for many moments we forgot all of the chaos the world was going through. We were only thinking of us and the special moment WE were living. It is a BLESSING to know such an amazing person. We will be eternally grateful to her for making our wedding so special. We recommend her to anyone who would love to have a special experience!!!!!Sent on 06/23/2020
Thank you Liz,
Steve and Nena
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you! Being with you and your sons that day was equally magical for me. We all went with our hearts and carved out a special and quiet moment to celebrate love, didn't we? I'm so happy that you were finally able to make it all official. Take care of your beautiful selves, and continue to love each other well. Love, Liz
Kiah · Married on 03/14/2020
Our expectations were exceeded more than we could have ever thought!!!
My now husband and I were quite nervous about finding an officiant and after my initial conversation with Liz we knew that she was gonna be the one to officiate us. She was so accommodating and loved her energy! When we met with her in person we connected on such a personal level. During our ceremony she told our story to our friends and family in such a beautiful and touching way. We couldn’t have asked anymore of her, she completely exceeded any idea or expectations we had that day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!Sent on 03/16/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you for your kind words, Kiah. I, too, felt so comfortable by the two of you upon our first meeting, and it was a genuine pleasure to be with you and your families -- and Koda Bear! -- on your wedding day. Take care of your beautiful selves. Marriage is a great journey. Always, Liz
Allison · Married on 01/18/2020
Liz is the best! Highly recommend!
Liz was amazing! It was as if she had known us for years. She was such a bright spot in the our ceremony - really made it very personable for us. Liz was so very genuine and elated for us, and it showed to our other guests. I would very highly recommend Liz as your officiant, if you want to have the best experience. Very happy couple here... :-)Sent on 01/06/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you Allison! Getting you and David married was a beautiful way to start the New Year. Your story is compelling, and it was an honor and pleasure to be part of your wedding day chapter. Big hugs of love to you both. Liz
Natalie Varty · Married on 11/09/2019
Intimate and Personal Ceremony!
Liz is wonderful and an absolute professional throughout the entire process before, during and after the wedding ceremony. We needed to find an officiant within a month of our ceremony (due to our process) and we were lucky enough that Liz was available! From the first phone call to the final "I DO's" Liz walked us through each step, really got to know us and delivered a personal ceremony that made everyone in attendance feel the LOVE! We are blessed to have found Liz. She is truly gifted and we are so thankful to have met her and been led with such grace throughout our ceremony. THANK YOU LIZ!Sent on 11/15/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:You're welcome Natalie! It was my luck to be available when you called. I was genuinely touched by your love story and am so grateful to have been part of the love and energy shared between you and your handsome hubs, and your families on your wedding day. Take care of each other. I know you will. Love, Liz
Kendra · Married on 11/08/2019
Inspiring and touching ceremony, Liz is the best!
Liz was such an amazing officiant for our wedding. We knew right away upon meeting her that she was the right officiant for us, she was so warm and authentic. She really made it a special ceremony for us both. Her words are genuine and you can really tell that she truly cares about the moment, the importance of marriage, and the people she is marrying. After the ceremony, we had many friends and family members ask us how long we’ve known Liz. Even though we had only met once and corresponded through email a few times, Liz was able to give the impression that she had known us for years. She’s a positive, upbeat person who writes very inspiring words, and it all shined through amazingly on our wedding day. We were very happy to meet and work with Liz and would recommend her to anyone looking for a fun, spiritual, and uplifting ceremony on their wedding day.Sent on 11/24/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you kindly Kendra. You and Casey are indeed a great match and it was my pleasure to tell your story on your wedding day. Keep making each other laugh! xo, Liz
Alexandria Rowe · Married on 11/05/2019
Perfect! It wouldn't have been the same without Liz.
Liz is a very intuitive and genuine person, making her an excellent officiant. She did a very through job of getting to know us as a couple, and made our ceremony incredibly personal. She is flexible and patient, which is very much needed during stressful wedding planning. She made our experience truly memorable, and I am so grateful for her! Pricing is incredibly reasonable, she makes the process easy, and does so much to take the weight off your shoulders. Trust your gut, book her!!Sent on 11/17/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you kindly for your words, Lexi. The history you and Chris have together made your wedding day such a natural. You two were ready! And I'm so glad to know I could be helpful to you in the process. I happily provide that as part of my process. Take care of each other! Always, Liz
Mary Motzko · Married on 11/01/2019
Liz is fantastic!
Liz made our small wedding very memorable! The ceremony was very personalized -- you'd think she knew us for years! I am so happy we chose Liz to marry us. Our families are still raving about how fabulous our ceremony was!Sent on 12/05/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you Mary! That sure was a beautiful day, celebrating your love with Seth against the stunning backdrop of the red rocks of Sedona. Thank you again for inviting me to be part of it. Love, Liz
Kelly Walls · Married on 10/20/2019
Look no further... book with Liz today!!
From our first meeting through email communications to the day of our wedding, Liz was simply amazing. She has a fantastic energy, and made sure that our ceremony was personal and heartfelt. We were able to customize the ceremony with a reading, our own vows, and a handfasting ceremony. Liz also had us answer some thought-provoking questions that allowed her to really personalize the ceremony. So many of our guests commented how much they loved her ceremony. It was so personal, some even asked how long we had known Liz! Not only did Liz do a wonderful job leading up to the ceremony and at the ceremony itself, but she also encouraged us to feel and enjoy the ceremony... which was easy to do with her leading the way. We give Liz our highest recommendation!Sent on 10/22/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:I so appreciate your kind words, Kelly. Thank you. I was inspired by your story and it was my honor and pleasure learning it and sharing it with your guests. You and your handsome hubs clearly have a deep connection, and I know you'll make the most of your marriage. Always, Liz
Britianey · Married on 09/29/2019
Thoughtful and Kind
Liz was the perfect officiant for our wedding. From the first meeting through to the day after our wedding she was kind, thoughtful and caring. Liz took the time to get to know us and our relationship - she put together the most beautiful words for our ceremony. Guests complimented our ceremony the entire evening and after the wedding. We will cherish the words that she wrote for and about us - thank you for being a special part of our day!Sent on 10/11/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:I loved your Canada-to-Phx story(!) and it was such a pleasure being with you and your families and friends on your beautiful wedding day. No doubt you look upon that box of crystals and feel it radiating the love. All my best to you Mr. and Mrs. Basler!
Robert · Married on 09/07/2019
Exactly what we envisioned!
Liz was able to take what little information she had from us and transform it into exactly what we wanted. We wanted a wedding that simply highlighted the love of two people coming together. We also have four kids and we incorporated them into the wedding. Liz gave suggestions and again made the experience exactly what we wanted and then more. Highly recommended!Sent on 09/21/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:It was a true pleasure being part of your wedding day, Robert. The Sedona day was memorable -- wind and helicopters, yes, but overall, it was all about love and family. All my best to you and your beautiful family! Love, Liz
Madeleine · Married on 07/06/2019
Liz is amazing!
We met Liz the morning of the wedding, but it felt like we had already met because she had spent so much time working to get to know us to make sure our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. She works to make sure that her service is personalized to the couple, and she pay attention to the details that you tell her. She is incredibly adept at tuning into exactly what makes you as a couple click, which is impressive since we had only spoken over email! She is open-minded and compassionate to everyone's unique situations, which is exactly what we were looking for. She also operates at a great price, as well! It's clear to us that she genuinely loves officiating, and we couldn't have imagined a better ceremony. If we could get married again, we'd definitely have Liz officiate our wedding!Sent on 07/22/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:One of the best benefits of officiating is getting to learn and share a couple's love story. Stories, thankfully, run the gamut, so it makes sense that wedding ceremonies should do the same! Glad to hear you and Kade found the experience meaningful. All my best for a most amazing marriage! Love, Liz
Noelle · Married on 06/01/2019
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
Kalaya Vanaprasert · Married on 03/09/2019
We used Liz to officiate our wedding a couple months ago. We made the decision to use Liz because after meeting with a couple other officiants, it was clear that she is very passionate about what she does and truly values love and relationships. With other officiants that we met with, it seemed much less personal and more like a job and checking off items from a checklist. Leading up to the wedding, we met with Liz so that she could get to know us and how our relationship began and has evolved over the years. Liz is very personable, genuine and a great listener. From our very first meeting, she made us feel comfortable and it felt very natural communicating with her. After our initial meeting, she followed up with us on action items discussed at our meeting to make sure that we had everything organized and completed prior to our wedding day. She let us know that she was there for us and was always available for any other questions or if, we thought of anything else that we wanted incorporated into our ceremony, she would be happy to include it, even if it was at the last minute. On the day of our wedding, Liz arrived early and was well prepared to officiate our ceremony. Liz is an excellent communicator and the story she told of the evolution of our relationship made it so personal. We received many compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the ceremony. We would highly recommend Liz and can’t think of anything that we would have wanted done differently.Sent on 06/22/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you so much for this detailed review, Kalaya! It makes my day to hear that you, Andrew and your guests were happy with the ceremony. It was my pleasure meeting you both and being part of your wedding day. All my best for a most fulfilling marriage!
Katie · Married on 01/11/2019
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!
Katelyn · Married on 12/30/2018
My husband and I are so glad we chose Liz to officiate our wedding. We only met with her a couple of times prior to the wedding, but the ceremony ended up being very personalized. It felt like Liz had known us for years. It was also very eloquent and worded beautifully. Everybody was commenting on it throughout the reception. We are glad we chose Liz and absolutely recommend her!Sent on 03/10/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you for your sweet words, Katelyn. There was a lot of love in the courtyard that morning and it was my pleasure being part of it all. Thanks again for finding me!
Danielle · Married on 11/18/2018
Liz is fantastic! She goes above and beyond what a "typical" officiant should do. Liz is kind, thoughtful, and genuinely wants the best for you and your spouse. She communicates so well and has a certain ease that comes with everything she does. We would recommend her over and over! Thank you Liz for truly making our day even more magical!Sent on 02/03/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:So many thanks for your kind words, Danielle. I love that word "magical" and am pleased to hear you found the ceremony to be that. Happy marriage with that handsome husband of yours!
Sarah · Married on 11/17/2018
Such an incredible officiant!
Liz was absolutely incredible! She met with us, got to know our story, and portrayed it perfectly to our guests. We had many people come up to us and say how great she was and how well her words impacted them. She was very communicative with me and answered my many questions. She was very personal and even wanted to see our engagement photos just to see how well they turned out. After our ceremony she sent us a copy of our wedding script in the mail so that we could cherish that forever. Choosing her as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Thank you Liz!Sent on 11/27/2018
Joyful Unions's reply:You're welcome! I so enjoyed our connections throughout our many months together. You and Brandon have a beautiful story and a lovely family -- and I know you'll take care of each other for years to come. Thank you again for inviting me to be part of your wedding day!
Becca Laird · Married on 11/17/2018
Destination Wedding to Pheonix Area
Coming from Canada we were not able to meet with Liz before the big day but she made the process easy and stress free. Liz is very professional and designed a ceremony that not only was tailored towards us but contained specific details about our relationship that made it extra special. Liz was available through out the entire process and was always quick to respond making planning a wedding seamless. The day of the wedding she took initiative and talked not only to us (bride and groom) but she introduced herself to family members and guests. We are very impressed with her services and would highly recommend her to every couple.Sent on 12/31/2018
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you for the kind feedback, Becca. I so enjoyed meeting you and your guests in that beautiful and lush garden you chose to exchange your vows with your handsome man. Hope your honeymoon was all you wanted it to be -- and more!
Kathryn Bryant · Married on 11/15/2018
Flawless, Beautiful, humorous and sweet
Everything about the ceremony from Liz was amazing. From planning to performance, I was consistently surprised and impressed by her services. She listened to everything I told her and told our story beautifully. I could not be happier with our choice in our officiant. My guests are still talking about the ceremony!!!Sent on 12/30/2018
Joyful Unions's reply:It makes my day to hear that you, Joe and your guests were happy with the ceremony! You were a communicative and fun bride to work with -- and I think those ceremony programs came out beautifully, didn't they? All my best to you both for a beautiful and meaningful marriage.