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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!"

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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, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AZ

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dlj0410@gmail.com
Wedding:
5/3/2015
5.0/5.0
I read many profiles before choosing Joyful Unions. As soon as I read the profile I knew this was the officiant for us. We met with Liz shortly after we decided to get married. She was a pleasure to chat with and made us feel very comfortable. Following our in person meeting we emailed several times to finalize out plans. The day of our wedding Liz arrived 30 minutes before the ceremony and asked if there were any last minute changes. The ceremony was absolutely AMAZING! Liz personalized the ceremony based on our meeting and email discussions. Following the ceremony I received many compliments on the ceremony. I am so glad we chose Liz at Joyful Unions to perform our wedding ceremony!
I read many profiles before choosing Joyful Unions. As soon as I read the profile I knew this was the officiant for us. We Read more...
I read many profiles before choosing Joyful Unions. As soon as I read the profile I knew this was the officiant for us. We met with Liz shortly after we decided to get married. She was a pleasure to chat with and made us feel very comfortable. Following our in person meeting we emailed several times to finalize out plans. The day of our wedding Liz arrived 30 minutes before the ceremony and asked if there were any last minute changes. The ceremony was absolutely AMAZING! Liz personalized the ceremony based on our meeting and email discussions. Following the ceremony I received many compliments on the ceremony. I am so glad we chose Liz at Joyful Unions to perform our wedding ceremony! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

It was a genuine pleasure meeting you both and guiding you at the altar during your loving ceremony. You are an excellent match and I know many years of marital fulfillment await you. All my best!
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BabyDeer9
Wedding:
4/8/2015
5.0/5.0
I can not give better feedback about Liz. She is so amazing. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her voice is so soothing. You can tell that she really cares about your day. It sounds cliche, but everyone did say that she seemed to know us. She made us laugh. She made some people cry. Over all, it was just a great experience. I would highly recommend her to ANYONE that needs an Officiant. You will absolutely love her.
I can not give better feedback about Liz. She is so amazing. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her voice Read more...
I can not give better feedback about Liz. She is so amazing. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her voice is so soothing. You can tell that she really cares about your day. It sounds cliche, but everyone did say that she seemed to know us. She made us laugh. She made some people cry. Over all, it was just a great experience. I would highly recommend her to ANYONE that needs an Officiant. You will absolutely love her. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Working with the two of you -- both so sweet -- this past year has been my true pleasure. I was genuinely honored to be a part of your wedding. Sending you the deepest wishes for a healthy and fulfilling marriage!
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Phil
Wedding:
4/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We had a really terrific experience with Liz as our officiant. She was warm and welcoming from our first meeting, listened and asked great questions to get to know us. She helped give the wedding itself a loving and personal feel. Liz's emotion and humanity shine through and make for a really wonderful wedding ceremony. We were thrilled, and we received so many positive comments about her from our guests. We would highly recommend Liz. She's awesome!
We had a really terrific experience with Liz as our officiant. She was warm and welcoming from our first meeting, listened Read more...
We had a really terrific experience with Liz as our officiant. She was warm and welcoming from our first meeting, listened and asked great questions to get to know us. She helped give the wedding itself a loving and personal feel. Liz's emotion and humanity shine through and make for a really wonderful wedding ceremony. We were thrilled, and we received so many positive comments about her from our guests. We would highly recommend Liz. She's awesome! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thanks for getting to the heart of my officiating mission, Phil. May you and Lynda long bask in the shining rays of love.
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Amalia
Wedding:
3/22/2015
5.0/5.0
We were so happy with our officiant, Liz O'Brien. She really helped make our day special. Our guests also thought she did an amazing job, she really spoke well and personalized the ceremony just for us. We also received a copy of the ceremony script, which is a great memento. We highly recommend Liz O'Brien!! I am glad we chose her!
We were so happy with our officiant, Liz O'Brien. She really helped make our day special. Our guests also thought she did Read more...
We were so happy with our officiant, Liz O'Brien. She really helped make our day special. Our guests also thought she did an amazing job, she really spoke well and personalized the ceremony just for us. We also received a copy of the ceremony script, which is a great memento. We highly recommend Liz O'Brien!! I am glad we chose her! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Amalia! Celebrating your love at the Desert Botanical Garden certainly made my day. Happy Marriage!
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Private User
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Wonderful officiant! Liz really spends the time to get to know you. Our ceremony was all about us as a couple, which was exactly what we wanted! We laughed through the entire ceremony. We couldn't have been happier.
Wonderful officiant! Liz really spends the time to get to know you. Our ceremony was all about us as a couple, which was Read more...
Wonderful officiant! Liz really spends the time to get to know you. Our ceremony was all about us as a couple, which was exactly what we wanted! We laughed through the entire ceremony. We couldn't have been happier. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I'm so pleased your ceremony fulfilled your wishes. Long and happy marriage to you both.
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Stephanie
Wedding:
3/20/2015
5.0/5.0
We had a hard time finding an officiant who was completely open-minded and in no way religiously or spiritually affiliated. We were so thrilled to find Liz, who was exactly who were looking for - a lovely person with no biases who would come in and enhance our day, rather than someone who was going to force their style or ways of doing things on us. Liz was very open to customizing the ceremony to exactly what we wanted and did not try to push us into any aspects we did not want. She was extremely friendly and professional, but also human and likable, which are all important qualities for someone you're working with on your big day! She definitely seemed invested in us as a couple and I don't doubt that views all of her couples the same way. She spent time to get to know us and incorporated our story into the ceremony. We had multiple guests comment on how much they loved that aspect, as many were just meeting either the bride or groom for the first time from the other side of the family. It helped the guests feel more included in our love and that's a great feature. Highly recommended!
We had a hard time finding an officiant who was completely open-minded and in no way religiously or spiritually Read more...
We had a hard time finding an officiant who was completely open-minded and in no way religiously or spiritually affiliated. We were so thrilled to find Liz, who was exactly who were looking for - a lovely person with no biases who would come in and enhance our day, rather than someone who was going to force their style or ways of doing things on us. Liz was very open to customizing the ceremony to exactly what we wanted and did not try to push us into any aspects we did not want. She was extremely friendly and professional, but also human and likable, which are all important qualities for someone you're working with on your big day! She definitely seemed invested in us as a couple and I don't doubt that views all of her couples the same way. She spent time to get to know us and incorporated our story into the ceremony. We had multiple guests comment on how much they loved that aspect, as many were just meeting either the bride or groom for the first time from the other side of the family. It helped the guests feel more included in our love and that's a great feature. Highly recommended! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Stephanie, you have beautifully articulated my officiating mission, and I genuinely thank you for providing the feedback from your point of view. I, too, am glad you found me and that our paths connected. Sending you my best for the most fulfilling of marriages.
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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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