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Joyful Unions

Phoenix , AZ
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Phoenix, AZ 85004 US (map)

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602-340-8210

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ABOUT US

I joyfully personalize and officiate your
non-denominational, non-religious ceremony.

Whether you are looking for something simple or elaborate;
elegant or... Read more
I joyfully personalize and officiate your
non-denominational, non-religious ceremony.

Whether you are looking for something simple or elaborate;
elegant or high-spirited; traditional, not, or somewhere in between,
I will work with you to create a ceremony that's right for you.

Liz O'Brien is an independent wedding officiant
who has been presiding over weddings since the mid-90s.
She has been operating under the Joyful Unions banner since 2009.

Contact me at liz.obrien.az@gmail.com or 602.340.8210

In the words of one recent wedding guest:
"Thank you for bringing the wedding ceremony into the 21st century!"

Please see my website for service and further details. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Non-religious, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.

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hillary
Wedding:
2/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Liz was a fabulous experience for us from the start ! We met quiet a few months before our wedding for coffee and Liz really got to know the people we were and our love story. Over the months we corresponded a lot through email and she was very helpful with giving lots of examples of "non corny" meaningful readings for our ceremony. She always made herself available if we needed anything.

Our guests loved everything Liz spoke about during our ceremony and many of them even asked if Liz knew us personally...she really took the time to know each of us as individual people and that really made it a more memorable process.
Working with Liz was a fabulous experience for us from the start ! We met quiet a few months before our wedding for coffee Read more...
Working with Liz was a fabulous experience for us from the start ! We met quiet a few months before our wedding for coffee and Liz really got to know the people we were and our love story. Over the months we corresponded a lot through email and she was very helpful with giving lots of examples of "non corny" meaningful readings for our ceremony. She always made herself available if we needed anything.

Our guests loved everything Liz spoke about during our ceremony and many of them even asked if Liz knew us personally...she really took the time to know each of us as individual people and that really made it a more memorable process. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Much gratitude for your thoughtful words, Hillary. And selecting Camelback Mountain as a backdrop for your altar only heightened the beauty of your wedding. That was a memorable day. All my best to you and Andrew.
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Scott & Stephanie
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process! We knew that she was the officiant we wanted after the first meeting we had with her. She always made herself available, answered any and all questions, and conducted a BEAUTIFUL ceremony; it was filled with love, inspiring quotes, and stories from our life together and our "journey of love". Thanks for everything, Liz!!
Liz was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process! We knew that she was the officiant we wanted after the first Read more...
Liz was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process! We knew that she was the officiant we wanted after the first meeting we had with her. She always made herself available, answered any and all questions, and conducted a BEAUTIFUL ceremony; it was filled with love, inspiring quotes, and stories from our life together and our "journey of love". Thanks for everything, Liz!! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

The double rainbow right after your ceremony speaks to the love the two of you share. Thanks again for your kind words, Steph and Scott, and here's knowing you'll have the most fulfilling of marriages!
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Paula
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was an absolute dream to work with! She listened to our story and wove it together in a way that was surprising and delightful while being authentic and soulful. She was able to guide us through what could have been a very stressful experience with a warmth and professionalism that is not easily found. I can't recommend her highly enough! Our friends who attended our wedding said it was the BEST wedding ceremony they had ever seen. We couldn't agree more! If you want an unforgettable seamless ceremony that tells your story and makes your union beautifully significant, Liz is your gal!
Liz was an absolute dream to work with! She listened to our story and wove it together in a way that was surprising and Read more...
Liz was an absolute dream to work with! She listened to our story and wove it together in a way that was surprising and delightful while being authentic and soulful. She was able to guide us through what could have been a very stressful experience with a warmth and professionalism that is not easily found. I can't recommend her highly enough! Our friends who attended our wedding said it was the BEST wedding ceremony they had ever seen. We couldn't agree more! If you want an unforgettable seamless ceremony that tells your story and makes your union beautifully significant, Liz is your gal! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your generous and thoughtful review really made my day, Paula! Thank you so much for the gift of your words. You and Todd clearly have a powerful connection, and I know you'll have a meaningful life together. It was an honor to be part of your wedding day.
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Jaime
Wedding:
12/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was amazing to work with! She meet us for over an hour on short notice even though she had plans with her husband that same evening. Liz's approach to learning about each of us was done in such a warm and personal manner, it felt like we had known her for a long time. Liz's follow up after our initial meeting was amazing! I could not believe the level of details she was able to retain given the limited amount of notes she took.

We corresponded with Liz via email many times between our initial meeting and our actual ceremony and she was great at reminding us to send her our portion of information needed for the ceremony (we are both procrastinators so it was much appreciated!).

We never rehearsed the wedding ceremony, the vows or anything but you would have through we labored over every detail when in fact, Liz did the laboring!

The ceremony was amazing and all our guests remarked on how much they enjoyed it as well. It would not have been the same without Liz and her perfect telling of our unique story.

When we renew our vows years from now, I hope Liz is still conducing ceremonies!
Liz was amazing to work with! She meet us for over an hour on short notice even though she had plans with her husband that Read more...
Liz was amazing to work with! She meet us for over an hour on short notice even though she had plans with her husband that same evening. Liz's approach to learning about each of us was done in such a warm and personal manner, it felt like we had known her for a long time. Liz's follow up after our initial meeting was amazing! I could not believe the level of details she was able to retain given the limited amount of notes she took.

We corresponded with Liz via email many times between our initial meeting and our actual ceremony and she was great at reminding us to send her our portion of information needed for the ceremony (we are both procrastinators so it was much appreciated!).

We never rehearsed the wedding ceremony, the vows or anything but you would have through we labored over every detail when in fact, Liz did the laboring!

The ceremony was amazing and all our guests remarked on how much they enjoyed it as well. It would not have been the same without Liz and her perfect telling of our unique story.

When we renew our vows years from now, I hope Liz is still conducing ceremonies! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jamie! Part of the joy of my job is hearing the stories of "what makes it work," and your story with Ryan is one of those that inspires. It was so easy and natural working with you both, and I know you will have a loving life together.
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing experience with Liz. Our goal was a non-traditional ceremony that was tailored to us and she exceeded our expectations. She is very professional, friendly and prompt. She always kept us on track with update emails to make sure everything went smoothly. Our ceremony was perfect, our guests are still talking about how beautiful it was - we couldn't have asked for more! We highly recommend her as an officiant. Thank you Liz!
We had an amazing experience with Liz. Our goal was a non-traditional ceremony that was tailored to us and she exceeded Read more...
We had an amazing experience with Liz. Our goal was a non-traditional ceremony that was tailored to us and she exceeded our expectations. She is very professional, friendly and prompt. She always kept us on track with update emails to make sure everything went smoothly. Our ceremony was perfect, our guests are still talking about how beautiful it was - we couldn't have asked for more! We highly recommend her as an officiant. Thank you Liz! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your feedback means a lot to me, Lauren. I'm so pleased to know that your Big Day went so well. It was an honor to guide you and Rob at your wedding altar. All my best for the happiest of marriages.
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Mimi
Wedding:
11/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was wonderful. She was quick to respond, helpful, and listened to exactly what we wanted to make our ceremony personal. We got so many compliments about her officiating and many of our guests thought we'd known her for years! She even sent us a copy of what was said at our ceremony so we'll have it for years to come. Highly recommended.
Liz was wonderful. She was quick to respond, helpful, and listened to exactly what we wanted to make our ceremony Read more...
Liz was wonderful. She was quick to respond, helpful, and listened to exactly what we wanted to make our ceremony personal. We got so many compliments about her officiating and many of our guests thought we'd known her for years! She even sent us a copy of what was said at our ceremony so we'll have it for years to come. Highly recommended. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your sweet review warms my heart. Thanks for your kind words, Mimi. All my best to you and Charles -- you're a beautiful couple with a bright future of lasting love!
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Holly
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was absolutely phenomenal to work with!! She was one of our favorite vendors, by far--and that's saying a lot because I feel like we had the dream team. :) Liz was incredibly responsive and seamlessly too us through the process of designing the perfect type of ceremony for us. Our initial meeting with her was very easy going. She asked all of the right questions and made us feel at ease. After the first meet, she checked in multiple times via email and she was very reassuring that we were on the right track. At the actual wedding, we were both blown away. After the few conversations we had, the questions she asked and the vows she helped us in formulating... oh my soul. It was perfect--breathtakingly perfect! It was like she had known us forever. I'm telling you, our guests were talking about the ceremony all night. At every table we visited, everyone assumed that we had written the whole ceremony because of how personal it was...We just kept singing Liz's praises! :) She's that good. It was such a beautiful thing to share our love story with everyone and I cannot imagine our wedding without Liz being a part of it. Choosing an officiant is a really big deal--you will not be disappointed if you call Liz. ***Thanks Liz, we appreciate it more than you know! -The Sheldons***
Liz was absolutely phenomenal to work with!! She was one of our favorite vendors, by far--and that's saying a lot because Read more...
Liz was absolutely phenomenal to work with!! She was one of our favorite vendors, by far--and that's saying a lot because I feel like we had the dream team. :) Liz was incredibly responsive and seamlessly too us through the process of designing the perfect type of ceremony for us. Our initial meeting with her was very easy going. She asked all of the right questions and made us feel at ease. After the first meet, she checked in multiple times via email and she was very reassuring that we were on the right track. At the actual wedding, we were both blown away. After the few conversations we had, the questions she asked and the vows she helped us in formulating... oh my soul. It was perfect--breathtakingly perfect! It was like she had known us forever. I'm telling you, our guests were talking about the ceremony all night. At every table we visited, everyone assumed that we had written the whole ceremony because of how personal it was...We just kept singing Liz's praises! :) She's that good. It was such a beautiful thing to share our love story with everyone and I cannot imagine our wedding without Liz being a part of it. Choosing an officiant is a really big deal--you will not be disappointed if you call Liz. ***Thanks Liz, we appreciate it more than you know! -The Sheldons*** Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Wow! Your generous words and feedback really made my day, Holly and Sam. It was an honor to learn your story and reflect it back to you and your guests on your beautiful wedding day. You two are simply glowing with love for one another.
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Private User
Wedding:
11/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was such an amazing woman to work with!! From the beginning she listened to us and got to know my husband and I well and was able to make our ceremony so unique and tailored to us. Out of all my vendors I received the most compliments about Liz! Our guests were blown away about how thoughtful and personalized our ceremony was. We cannot thank Liz enough for her hard work and the thoughtfulness she put into making our wedding ceremony so special.
Liz was such an amazing woman to work with!! From the beginning she listened to us and got to know my husband and I well Read more...
Liz was such an amazing woman to work with!! From the beginning she listened to us and got to know my husband and I well and was able to make our ceremony so unique and tailored to us. Out of all my vendors I received the most compliments about Liz! Our guests were blown away about how thoughtful and personalized our ceremony was. We cannot thank Liz enough for her hard work and the thoughtfulness she put into making our wedding ceremony so special. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I'm so pleased to hear that you and your guests found the ceremony so meaningful. I very much enjoyed working with the two of you. You're a perfect fit for each other and I know you have so many years of a warm and fulfilling marriage in front of you. All my best.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Liz was absolutely wonderful! We had so many comments from our guests that the ceremony was so beautiful, and reflected us as a couple perfectly. I am amazed and so happy that after a handful of great conversations/meetings with Liz, she created the perfect ceremony for us, certainly worthy of all of the praise it got!

When we first met Liz, we knew right away she would be the perfect officiant for us. She is vibrant and fun and passionate about what she does and I could tell right away that she is an excellent communicator with a clear voice. All of these things were the combination of perfection for our officiant. Prior to the ceremony, Liz was detail oriented, followed up well, and was very clear about her process so we felt comfortable and prepared in getting her what she needed to perform the ceremony. She worked with our other vendors (specifically our guitarist, since we needed a mic for Liz) wonderfully so that the day-of was flawlessly smooth. On our wedding day Liz was punctual, prepared, well dressed, and most importantly... joyful! The ceremony itself was wonderful... Liz spoke loudly and clearly for our outdoor wedding and the words she spoke were spoken with love and joy, which made everything so very meaningful.

I would absolutely recommend Liz as an officiant for any wedding. She was a joy to work with and really made our ceremony feel special and personalized. Absolutely wonderful!!
Liz was absolutely wonderful! We had so many comments from our guests that the ceremony was so beautiful, and reflected us Read more...
Liz was absolutely wonderful! We had so many comments from our guests that the ceremony was so beautiful, and reflected us as a couple perfectly. I am amazed and so happy that after a handful of great conversations/meetings with Liz, she created the perfect ceremony for us, certainly worthy of all of the praise it got!

When we first met Liz, we knew right away she would be the perfect officiant for us. She is vibrant and fun and passionate about what she does and I could tell right away that she is an excellent communicator with a clear voice. All of these things were the combination of perfection for our officiant. Prior to the ceremony, Liz was detail oriented, followed up well, and was very clear about her process so we felt comfortable and prepared in getting her what she needed to perform the ceremony. She worked with our other vendors (specifically our guitarist, since we needed a mic for Liz) wonderfully so that the day-of was flawlessly smooth. On our wedding day Liz was punctual, prepared, well dressed, and most importantly... joyful! The ceremony itself was wonderful... Liz spoke loudly and clearly for our outdoor wedding and the words she spoke were spoken with love and joy, which made everything so very meaningful.

I would absolutely recommend Liz as an officiant for any wedding. She was a joy to work with and really made our ceremony feel special and personalized. Absolutely wonderful!! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your words made my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell your story. You two make the best couple and the 'zing' between you at your wedding altar is something I'll always remember! I know you will have the most fulfilling of marriages.
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Serena
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was absolutely amazing. She did a beautiful ceremony. I couldn't have been imagined a better ceremony. She took the information that we have her about our love story and how we met and put it into a beautiful ceremony. She was so excited to do the ceremony even though it was on her own wedding anniversary. She was thrilled to share her anniversary and our wedding day. Our guests couldn't rave enough about how beautiful the ceremony was and how the she put it all together.
Liz was absolutely amazing. She did a beautiful ceremony. I couldn't have been imagined a better ceremony. She took the Read more...
Liz was absolutely amazing. She did a beautiful ceremony. I couldn't have been imagined a better ceremony. She took the information that we have her about our love story and how we met and put it into a beautiful ceremony. She was so excited to do the ceremony even though it was on her own wedding anniversary. She was thrilled to share her anniversary and our wedding day. Our guests couldn't rave enough about how beautiful the ceremony was and how the she put it all together. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I love it that we will share the same anniversary! I know you and Igor will have many, many happy years in front of you. Thanks again for your kind words. It was a pleasure being part of your Big Day.

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