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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

Let me tell your love story as part of your
non-denominational, non-religious ceremony.

Whether you are looking for something simple or elaborate;
elegant or... Read more
Let me tell your love story as part of 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:
"Thanks 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?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Jewish, No Denomination, Pagan, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AZ, CA

REVIEWS

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Sarah
Wedding:
11/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz was a great officiant and was really willing to work with our vision. She worked with us to create a ceremony that incorporated some unique and meaningful moments. We would highly recommend her to anyone!
Liz was a great officiant and was really willing to work with our vision. She worked with us to create a ceremony that Read more...
Liz was a great officiant and was really willing to work with our vision. She worked with us to create a ceremony that incorporated some unique and meaningful moments. We would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I appreciate your kind feedback, Sarah. Here's to you and Thomas for a long and meaningful marriage.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Liz was excellent and very professional. She met with my husband and I twice as well as kept up with all the emails I sent! She was very easy to talk to and we felt very comfortable with her! She told our love story beautifully and it felt like she really knew who we were. She showed up close to an hour before the ceremony and checked with me and made sure I was relaxed and ready to go! Liz was amazing and we are so happy she married us!
Liz was excellent and very professional. She met with my husband and I twice as well as kept up with all the emails I Read more...
Liz was excellent and very professional. She met with my husband and I twice as well as kept up with all the emails I sent! She was very easy to talk to and we felt very comfortable with her! She told our love story beautifully and it felt like she really knew who we were. She showed up close to an hour before the ceremony and checked with me and made sure I was relaxed and ready to go! Liz was amazing and we are so happy she married us! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your love story created a foundation for a lovely and memorable ceremony. Thank you for the kind words -- and I know you two will have the happiest of marriages.
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Brittany
Wedding:
11/6/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Liz O'Brien, she was incredible as our wedding officiant! Our families LOVED the ceremony and they all thought we had known Liz for some time because of the way she designed the ceremony such that it fit our relationship and personalities perfectly! It was quite amazing!! She responded to emails immediately and made planning the ceremony 100% easier! When it came to the wedding day she showed up early to make sure everything was ready to go and performed a beautiful ceremony. I would recommend Liz to everyone!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Liz O'Brien, she was incredible as our wedding officiant! Our families LOVED Read more...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Liz O'Brien, she was incredible as our wedding officiant! Our families LOVED the ceremony and they all thought we had known Liz for some time because of the way she designed the ceremony such that it fit our relationship and personalities perfectly! It was quite amazing!! She responded to emails immediately and made planning the ceremony 100% easier! When it came to the wedding day she showed up early to make sure everything was ready to go and performed a beautiful ceremony. I would recommend Liz to everyone! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you Brittany! I was quite amused with the details of how you and Wes met(!), yet it's so evident that the relationship the two of you have created is serious and meaningful. I just know you will have the best and happiest of marriages.
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Kassandra
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz was Awesome from day one! She made everything so smooth and stress free. She's so easy to talk to ! You will love her like we did. Our friends and family also loved the whole ceremony!
Liz was Awesome from day one! She made everything so smooth and stress free. She's so easy to talk to ! You will love her Read more...
Liz was Awesome from day one! She made everything so smooth and stress free. She's so easy to talk to ! You will love her like we did. Our friends and family also loved the whole ceremony! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you Kassandra! It was my pleasure to spend Halloween afternoon with you and your welcoming extended family. My best to you, your husband and your sweet daughter.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Liz officiated our wedding in October 2015 and we could not say enough great things about her! From the very beginning, we clicked with Liz. She was extremely responsive, which was something we appreciated. She was helpful in the planning process, being open to ideas, and at the same time offering us many options for our ceremony. She did a great job making our ceremony extremely personal, like she had known us for years! We even had many guests comment that it was THE BEST ceremony they had ever been to! Thanks to Liz, the ceremony was the best part of the entire day!
Liz officiated our wedding in October 2015 and we could not say enough great things about her! From the very beginning, we Read more...
Liz officiated our wedding in October 2015 and we could not say enough great things about her! From the very beginning, we clicked with Liz. She was extremely responsive, which was something we appreciated. She was helpful in the planning process, being open to ideas, and at the same time offering us many options for our ceremony. She did a great job making our ceremony extremely personal, like she had known us for years! We even had many guests comment that it was THE BEST ceremony they had ever been to! Thanks to Liz, the ceremony was the best part of the entire day! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I love hearing that you and your guests found the ceremony meaningful. Here's wishing you and your husband vitality, light and love!
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Jordin
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz was our officiant for out wedding and was AMAZING! She met with us one time and really got a great understanding of what we, as a couple were all about plus what we, as a family meant. She really listened and understood who we are and what we wanted our wedding ceremony to really represent. We were in constant contact with her throughout the waiting time for the wedding to come up. Liz prices her weddings extremely realistic and definitely provides top dollar services. She showed up early to the wedding to come and check in with me to make sure everything was going smoothly and make sure I had everything I needed. During the ceremony she spoke of us like she had known us for years and really showed true emotion during the whole ceremony. I would use her over and over again to officiate my wedding, she truly was the best at telling our story.
Liz was our officiant for out wedding and was AMAZING! She met with us one time and really got a great understanding of Read more...
Liz was our officiant for out wedding and was AMAZING! She met with us one time and really got a great understanding of what we, as a couple were all about plus what we, as a family meant. She really listened and understood who we are and what we wanted our wedding ceremony to really represent. We were in constant contact with her throughout the waiting time for the wedding to come up. Liz prices her weddings extremely realistic and definitely provides top dollar services. She showed up early to the wedding to come and check in with me to make sure everything was going smoothly and make sure I had everything I needed. During the ceremony she spoke of us like she had known us for years and really showed true emotion during the whole ceremony. I would use her over and over again to officiate my wedding, she truly was the best at telling our story. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I so appreciate your generous review, Jordin. It was my pleasure to learn the deep love story you share with John and to meet your beautiful daughter. Wishing your whole family all my best!
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Jaime
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz officiated my wedding this past October and was very helpful with any questions we had and gave us many ideas on what readings also styles of readings we could use
Liz officiated my wedding this past October and was very helpful with any questions we had and gave us many ideas on what Read more...
Liz officiated my wedding this past October and was very helpful with any questions we had and gave us many ideas on what readings also styles of readings we could use Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jaime. It was my pleasure guiding you and your beautiful bride at the altar! My best to you both.
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Patrick
Wedding:
10/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz was recommended by good friends of ours, and she was everything they promised. My wife and I had some daunting requests and an unorthodox wedding, but Liz was too kind to oblige with all of it. Liz took the time to know our story, and now has become part of it. She spoke from the heart and the mind. She made sure to ask that I was calm and present before my wife walked down the aisle, only to hold back tears of her own at the site of my bride. I expect the next time we run into Liz will also have rain, coffee and smiles. If the next couple to hire Liz have her words to them read from a little humming bird book, you'll know why.
Liz was recommended by good friends of ours, and she was everything they promised. My wife and I had some daunting Read more...
Liz was recommended by good friends of ours, and she was everything they promised. My wife and I had some daunting requests and an unorthodox wedding, but Liz was too kind to oblige with all of it. Liz took the time to know our story, and now has become part of it. She spoke from the heart and the mind. She made sure to ask that I was calm and present before my wife walked down the aisle, only to hold back tears of her own at the site of my bride. I expect the next time we run into Liz will also have rain, coffee and smiles. If the next couple to hire Liz have her words to them read from a little humming bird book, you'll know why. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I am so very grateful for the obvious time and thought you put into this review, Patrick. Thank you. I am also so pleased that we connected during this special life occasion, and know that you are also part of my story. After all, the sight of your bride walking down her desert aisle was one of those perfect, heart warming moments that makes me love what I do even more. Truly! I know you will have the finest of marriages.
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Jess
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Liz was absolutely wonderful!! When we met Liz for the first time, my husband and I knew she was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. She listened to our story, did her own research and wrote beautiful wedding vows that really captured our relationship. I couldnt have been more pleased with our special day. Thank you so much Liz for everything!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Liz was absolutely wonderful!! When we met Liz for the first time, my husband and I knew she was the perfect person to Read more...
Liz was absolutely wonderful!! When we met Liz for the first time, my husband and I knew she was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. She listened to our story, did her own research and wrote beautiful wedding vows that really captured our relationship. I couldnt have been more pleased with our special day. Thank you so much Liz for everything!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jess! I so enjoyed your story and your cozy backyard wedding. I wish you and Mike the happiest of marriages. My best to your kids, too, and know that I'll always think of you whenever I catch the Colts play!
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Anita
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
I felt Liz was the right choice to officiate our wedding from our first phone call. But when my fiancé and I met her in person to discuss our ceremony, we both walked out on a cloud...her warmth, demeanor, energy and attitude had us enraptured.

We wanted a non-denominational ceremony, but with some religious and spiritual elements peppered in. Liz incorporated our wishes effortlessly, and without judgment or question. Liz told our love story as part of the ceremony, and we received so many compliments on her doing so. Many guests didn't know how we met, or what our courtship was like, or what works and keeps us together, and it was a super way to engage the guests, and really involve them in our tale,

During the pre-planning, Liz was very responsive, and easy to reach. She made the whole process entirely easy and pleasurable.

Best of all, she sent us a typed hardcopy of the ceremony script, which is an incredible keepsake. We both read it and sighed. :) It was so beautifully written, and will not only be shared with our parents, but will become part of our wedding scrapbook.

If you want someone who can really make your ceremony special to you and your spouse-to-be, someone who will customize and tailor the ceremony to your specific desires, someone who will move and touch the hearts of all in attendance, then hire Liz. She will forever be one of the most memorable parts of your special day.
I felt Liz was the right choice to officiate our wedding from our first phone call. But when my fiancé and I met her in Read more...
I felt Liz was the right choice to officiate our wedding from our first phone call. But when my fiancé and I met her in person to discuss our ceremony, we both walked out on a cloud...her warmth, demeanor, energy and attitude had us enraptured.

We wanted a non-denominational ceremony, but with some religious and spiritual elements peppered in. Liz incorporated our wishes effortlessly, and without judgment or question. Liz told our love story as part of the ceremony, and we received so many compliments on her doing so. Many guests didn't know how we met, or what our courtship was like, or what works and keeps us together, and it was a super way to engage the guests, and really involve them in our tale,

During the pre-planning, Liz was very responsive, and easy to reach. She made the whole process entirely easy and pleasurable.

Best of all, she sent us a typed hardcopy of the ceremony script, which is an incredible keepsake. We both read it and sighed. :) It was so beautifully written, and will not only be shared with our parents, but will become part of our wedding scrapbook.

If you want someone who can really make your ceremony special to you and your spouse-to-be, someone who will customize and tailor the ceremony to your specific desires, someone who will move and touch the hearts of all in attendance, then hire Liz. She will forever be one of the most memorable parts of your special day. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Anita, I am incredibly honored with this review. Thank you for sharing your experience in such carefully chosen words. Thank you again. Meanwhile, congratulations again to you and Rob -- you're such a beautiful couple who just sing in each other's presence. I know you will have the most fulfilling marriage. All my best!

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