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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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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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Genevieve
Wedding:
4/25/2016
5.0/5.0
My Husband and I are so thankful that we found Liz. She was a joy to work with. She loves what she does, she loves couples in love and it shows. She was responsive and listened to everything we had to say. She wrote and performed ceremony for us that was intimate and personal. We felt like she had know us for our entire lives with the words she said. But really, she just listened and created a ceremony tailored to us and our story. She has a warmth and ease about her that is calming and she brings so much love to the moment. I can't say enough positive things about Liz. She truly has a gift and we are so thankful that she shared that gift with us on our wedding day.
My Husband and I are so thankful that we found Liz. She was a joy to work with. She loves what she does, she loves couples Read more...
My Husband and I are so thankful that we found Liz. She was a joy to work with. She loves what she does, she loves couples in love and it shows. She was responsive and listened to everything we had to say. She wrote and performed ceremony for us that was intimate and personal. We felt like she had know us for our entire lives with the words she said. But really, she just listened and created a ceremony tailored to us and our story. She has a warmth and ease about her that is calming and she brings so much love to the moment. I can't say enough positive things about Liz. She truly has a gift and we are so thankful that she shared that gift with us on our wedding day. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you for beautifully articulating your experience, Genevieve. It is a privilege to learn love stories (like yours) and to create something special for a unique moment in time. I indeed enjoy what I do! You and Mike are meant for each other, and what a gift you gave yourselves to be married in such a gorgeous place. Always, Liz.
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Michael
Wedding:
4/8/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a late cancelation and found ourselves in need of an Officient 9 days before our wedding. We found Liz and contacted her. She responded immediately and was available on our date. We briefly explained what we were looking for and Liz said she would come up with something just right for us. The words she chose and the presentation at the ceremony was beyond anything we were hoping for. Liz nailed it ! Liz has a gift for reading people, understanding what they need, and delivering in a relaxing, professional manner. I am so glad we found Liz as she truly made our special day that much more special.
We had a late cancelation and found ourselves in need of an Officient 9 days before our wedding. We found Liz and Read more...
We had a late cancelation and found ourselves in need of an Officient 9 days before our wedding. We found Liz and contacted her. She responded immediately and was available on our date. We briefly explained what we were looking for and Liz said she would come up with something just right for us. The words she chose and the presentation at the ceremony was beyond anything we were hoping for. Liz nailed it ! Liz has a gift for reading people, understanding what they need, and delivering in a relaxing, professional manner. I am so glad we found Liz as she truly made our special day that much more special. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I'm glad you found me, too, Michael! It was my pleasure meeting you, your families, and many of your guests. It was a beautiful Arizona day to be married, and the garden venue was so pretty. Sending you both many happy wishes for years of togetherness.
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Lorrayne
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz was amazing! She was available on pretty short notice and committed completely to providing us with a unique and beautiful ceremony. She took the time to hear our story and created a personal experience for us that was very touching and heartfelt. Friends and family were convinced she had known us for years!
I would highly recommend Liz, she is a lovely woman with a great down to earth vibe as well as a consummate professional.
Liz was amazing! She was available on pretty short notice and committed completely to providing us with a unique and Read more...
Liz was amazing! She was available on pretty short notice and committed completely to providing us with a unique and beautiful ceremony. She took the time to hear our story and created a personal experience for us that was very touching and heartfelt. Friends and family were convinced she had known us for years!
I would highly recommend Liz, she is a lovely woman with a great down to earth vibe as well as a consummate professional. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad you found me, Lorrayne. The loving energy between the two of you at your wedding altar was palpable -- it was my pleasure to be part of it. I also enjoyed meeting your family and friends. Wishing you the happiest of marriages!
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Kyle
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz O'Brien was amazing! She was so helpful in every aspect of the wedding process. My Wife and I could not be happier with the services that we received. Our first meeting was enjoyable, she got to know us and walked us through what to expect. Liz is very down to earth and easy to talk to. We opened up to her right away. We knew after the first meeting that Liz was the officiant for us because of her energy and genuine nature. She was available and attentive leading up to the wedding. On the wedding day, she was flawless. After the wedding, all of our guests were raving about how much they enjoyed the wedding and specifically the Officiant. Thank you Liz!
Liz O'Brien was amazing! She was so helpful in every aspect of the wedding process. My Wife and I could not be happier Read more...
Liz O'Brien was amazing! She was so helpful in every aspect of the wedding process. My Wife and I could not be happier with the services that we received. Our first meeting was enjoyable, she got to know us and walked us through what to expect. Liz is very down to earth and easy to talk to. We opened up to her right away. We knew after the first meeting that Liz was the officiant for us because of her energy and genuine nature. She was available and attentive leading up to the wedding. On the wedding day, she was flawless. After the wedding, all of our guests were raving about how much they enjoyed the wedding and specifically the Officiant. Thank you Liz! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Kyle, what gracious words. Thank you, and I'm so pleased to hear that we were a good fit. I fully enjoyed learning and sharing your love story with all your guests, and the late afternoon light at the base of Camelback Mountain as you spoke your vows -- wow -- that only heightened the magic of the ceremony. I'm so glad we were able to find each other! Sending my very best to you and your beautiful bride for the most sublime of marriages.
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Julie
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an incredible officiant, look no further! The only regret I have of our wedding is that we did not have our ceremony recorded. Liz truly made our day special! Most people come for a great party, but our ceremony was the best part of the entire day. She took time to get to know us, listened to our feedback, and delivered an incredible version of our love story in front of our favorite people.

In fact, since our wedding we have had multiple people ask us for Liz's information to share with others. We had brunch the day after our wedding with our family/friends. The first thing we heard was, "Who was your officiant? She nailed it! That was the most incredible wedding ceremony that I've ever been to." Another responded, "I KNOW! We thanked her after the wedding. If only we had know about her when we got married..." The comments started to echo around the room. She is really that good!

Every bride gets caught up in the flowers, the dress, the cake...but don't forget about the vows. You don't want anyone other than Liz by your side when you exchange those special words. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day perfect! We absolutely couldn't of wished for more.

-Julie & Patrick Polley
If you are looking for an incredible officiant, look no further! The only regret I have of our wedding is that we did not Read more...
If you are looking for an incredible officiant, look no further! The only regret I have of our wedding is that we did not have our ceremony recorded. Liz truly made our day special! Most people come for a great party, but our ceremony was the best part of the entire day. She took time to get to know us, listened to our feedback, and delivered an incredible version of our love story in front of our favorite people.

In fact, since our wedding we have had multiple people ask us for Liz's information to share with others. We had brunch the day after our wedding with our family/friends. The first thing we heard was, "Who was your officiant? She nailed it! That was the most incredible wedding ceremony that I've ever been to." Another responded, "I KNOW! We thanked her after the wedding. If only we had know about her when we got married..." The comments started to echo around the room. She is really that good!

Every bride gets caught up in the flowers, the dress, the cake...but don't forget about the vows. You don't want anyone other than Liz by your side when you exchange those special words. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day perfect! We absolutely couldn't of wished for more.

-Julie & Patrick Polley Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

These stories made my day! Thanks for taking the time to share them, Julie, and I'd be happy to officiate the ceremonies of your friends and family anytime! Big hugs to you and Patrick. You're such a beautiful couple.
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Kim
Wedding:
3/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Liz was amazing. She met with us for over an hour to get our story and customize our ceremony. Highly recommended! Easy to reach and great about keeping in contact with us!
Liz was amazing. She met with us for over an hour to get our story and customize our ceremony. Highly recommended! Easy to Read more...
Liz was amazing. She met with us for over an hour to get our story and customize our ceremony. Highly recommended! Easy to reach and great about keeping in contact with us! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

The international flair of your wedding was something to remember, Kim. Many long years of marriage to you and Denis!

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