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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

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Megan
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Finding an officiant was a little nerve-wracking for my husband and I, as it was very important to us that we had a non-religious ceremony that felt comfortable for us. The moment we met Liz, she put us completely at ease and we hired her on the spot. It was clear from the beginning that Liz loves what she does. She really got to know us as a couple and as individuals, and completely customized the ceremony for us. She was a very calming presence and gently reminded us why we were really going through all the hoopla of planning a wedding, that ultimately it was about us and celebrating our love. The ceremony was simple and beautiful, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. You could tell she was emotionally invested and truly cared, which made the ceremony really special. My husband and I are not generally very emotional people, but she really brought us into the moment. We got SO many compliments from our guests on our officiant, and we could tell that she really made the ceremony a special experience for everyone there.
Finding an officiant was a little nerve-wracking for my husband and I, as it was very important to us that we had a Read more...
Finding an officiant was a little nerve-wracking for my husband and I, as it was very important to us that we had a non-religious ceremony that felt comfortable for us. The moment we met Liz, she put us completely at ease and we hired her on the spot. It was clear from the beginning that Liz loves what she does. She really got to know us as a couple and as individuals, and completely customized the ceremony for us. She was a very calming presence and gently reminded us why we were really going through all the hoopla of planning a wedding, that ultimately it was about us and celebrating our love. The ceremony was simple and beautiful, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. You could tell she was emotionally invested and truly cared, which made the ceremony really special. My husband and I are not generally very emotional people, but she really brought us into the moment. We got SO many compliments from our guests on our officiant, and we could tell that she really made the ceremony a special experience for everyone there. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I truly appreciate seeing the wedding through your eyes, Megan. Thank you kindly for your feedback and attention to detail. You and David are such a great match. I know you will enjoy a most meaningful marriage. All my best to you both.
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nicolle
Wedding:
11/7/2016
5.0/5.0
Choosing Liz to officiate our wedding was the best decision we made for our big day. She was easy to work with, available throughout the entire planning process, and told our story beautifully! She even offered to make changes the day of to be sure everything was how we imagined it. Our friends and family truly enjoyed the ceremony, and we couldn't have been happier with it. My husband and I definitely recommend her!
Choosing Liz to officiate our wedding was the best decision we made for our big day. She was easy to work with, available Read more...
Choosing Liz to officiate our wedding was the best decision we made for our big day. She was easy to work with, available throughout the entire planning process, and told our story beautifully! She even offered to make changes the day of to be sure everything was how we imagined it. Our friends and family truly enjoyed the ceremony, and we couldn't have been happier with it. My husband and I definitely recommend her! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I'm glad our ceremony was a memorable part of your wedding day, Nicolle. It was a true pleasure working with you and Garrett; you are clearly crazy about each other. And your wedding cake topper just may have been the best one I've seen all wedding season!
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Sandy
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz was our officiant on Oct 29, 2016 and we are happy we chose Liz. She was responsive by email, text and phone calls each time we had questions to clarify the method and sequence of saying of our vows. She created a beautiful ceremony for me and my husband that included our story. Liz also filed our signed certificate right away so that I could get my paperwork going for name change.
Liz was our officiant on Oct 29, 2016 and we are happy we chose Liz. She was responsive by email, text and phone calls Read more...
Liz was our officiant on Oct 29, 2016 and we are happy we chose Liz. She was responsive by email, text and phone calls each time we had questions to clarify the method and sequence of saying of our vows. She created a beautiful ceremony for me and my husband that included our story. Liz also filed our signed certificate right away so that I could get my paperwork going for name change. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your detailed review, Sandy. I always aim to be organized so that you two can focus on the important things -- like each other! It was a pleasure to be part of your beautiful ceremony. All my best to you both for a most meaningful and fulfilling marriage.
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The
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz was a true professional and very easy to work with. She made herself available to us whenever we had any questions or concerns about the ceremony. If you're looking for someone that will help put your mind at ease when it comes to an officiate Liz OBrien should be at the top of your list.
Liz was a true professional and very easy to work with. She made herself available to us whenever we had any questions or Read more...
Liz was a true professional and very easy to work with. She made herself available to us whenever we had any questions or concerns about the ceremony. If you're looking for someone that will help put your mind at ease when it comes to an officiate Liz OBrien should be at the top of your list. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you, kindly. May you have a beautiful marriage and lots more adventures!
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Rob
Wedding:
9/27/2016
5.0/5.0
She is the BEST, I felt like I have known her for years. To bad I'm only getting married once.
She is the BEST, I felt like I have known her for years. To bad I'm only getting married once.
She is the BEST, I felt like I have known her for years. To bad I'm only getting married once. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thanks for your succinct review, Rob! Love it. The connection with both of you just felt so right and easy. I'm glad you felt the same. Happy Marriage!
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Kim
Wedding:
9/23/2016
5.0/5.0
We were honored to have Liz, officiate our wedding. Everyone loved how she told our story, her own message, incorporating the guests/"the community" in the acknowledgement to support our relationship and including our idea to include our family for a hand-binding portion of the ceremony.
She has a wonderful spirit and I appreciated the calm, focus and peace she brought to the day for our union.
We were honored to have Liz, officiate our wedding. Everyone loved how she told our story, her own message, incorporating Read more...
We were honored to have Liz, officiate our wedding. Everyone loved how she told our story, her own message, incorporating the guests/"the community" in the acknowledgement to support our relationship and including our idea to include our family for a hand-binding portion of the ceremony.
She has a wonderful spirit and I appreciated the calm, focus and peace she brought to the day for our union. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Kim. I enjoyed meeting your families and thought the binding of your hands with the multi-colored ribbon was a perfect reflection of your wedding day. Great idea! All my best to you and Parker.
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Ciara
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz was a joy to work with in what can be a stressful time. She is a great listener and is super flexible about changes and preferences, and most importantly, she puts great effort into reminding her couples to keep grounded and present. Liz composed a beautiful and moving presentation of our story on our big day, and even provides a transcript as a keepsake.

In Arizona it can be a bit of a challenge to spot secular wedding officiants, so my husband and I were extremely fortunate to have found her. Liz made our special day unforgettable and we highly recommend her to fellow secular couples, who might want something different for their ceremonies.
Liz was a joy to work with in what can be a stressful time. She is a great listener and is super flexible about changes Read more...
Liz was a joy to work with in what can be a stressful time. She is a great listener and is super flexible about changes and preferences, and most importantly, she puts great effort into reminding her couples to keep grounded and present. Liz composed a beautiful and moving presentation of our story on our big day, and even provides a transcript as a keepsake.

In Arizona it can be a bit of a challenge to spot secular wedding officiants, so my husband and I were extremely fortunate to have found her. Liz made our special day unforgettable and we highly recommend her to fellow secular couples, who might want something different for their ceremonies. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Ciara, I'm so pleased to hear that you and Sean were indeed present and grounded on your big day. We should all truly experience our own wedding ceremony! Thank you for your kind words and the detailed reflections, they mean a lot to me. Wishing you both a beautiful marriage.
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Colleen
Wedding:
7/1/2016
5.0/5.0
We wanted a wedding that was meaningful without being especially religious, and Liz absolutely blew us (and our wedding guests) away. She took time to get to know us as we were planning everything, sitting down with us via FaceTime for over an hour to learn our story and why our marriage matters to us. From that, she wove together a beautiful ceremony that was articulate, heartfelt, and--most importantly--a reflection of us. We're still receiving compliments from friends and family about what a great job she did! Thank you so, SO much!!
We wanted a wedding that was meaningful without being especially religious, and Liz absolutely blew us (and our wedding Read more...
We wanted a wedding that was meaningful without being especially religious, and Liz absolutely blew us (and our wedding guests) away. She took time to get to know us as we were planning everything, sitting down with us via FaceTime for over an hour to learn our story and why our marriage matters to us. From that, she wove together a beautiful ceremony that was articulate, heartfelt, and--most importantly--a reflection of us. We're still receiving compliments from friends and family about what a great job she did! Thank you so, SO much!! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you Colleen/ Your story was so good... how could we not share it? Glad your guests got to get in on the fun, too! Many, many, many "happies" to you and Daniel.
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Aaron
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
The entire process with Liz was easy and stress free. She tailored our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier. We had so many people tell us how special and meaningful our ceremony was. Highly recommend!! Thank you for making our day perfect.
The entire process with Liz was easy and stress free. She tailored our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and we Read more...
The entire process with Liz was easy and stress free. She tailored our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier. We had so many people tell us how special and meaningful our ceremony was. Highly recommend!! Thank you for making our day perfect. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

So many thanks for your feedback, Aaron. It always makes my day to know that you and your guests enjoyed and felt connected during the ceremony. Wishing you the happiest and healthiest of marriages!
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Courtney
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
I immediately sensed Liz's positive energy and sensitive spirit the first time we spoke over the phone. She is passionate about her profession, and that is what made me decide to select Liz as our officiant. My husband and I met Liz in person only once, and through her interview questions and genuine interest, she delivered a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony for our wedding that we will remember forever.
I immediately sensed Liz's positive energy and sensitive spirit the first time we spoke over the phone. She is passionate Read more...
I immediately sensed Liz's positive energy and sensitive spirit the first time we spoke over the phone. She is passionate about her profession, and that is what made me decide to select Liz as our officiant. My husband and I met Liz in person only once, and through her interview questions and genuine interest, she delivered a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony for our wedding that we will remember forever. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I appreciate you putting your thoughts down, Courtney, and it was my pleasure to be part of your mellow and heartfelt wedding. The vows you both spoke were... wow! Hope life is good in love and in your new home. All my best.

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