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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 officiant services do you provide?
Non-religious Ceremony
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, because my ceremonies are non-denominational and non-religious. We can certainly include a prayer or religious reading if you'd like that, but the overall tone of my ceremonies is humanist (capturing the human spirit of love and commitment) and does not speak to any particular religion.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Formal, or other by request.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. I work to make this ceremony something that feels right for you.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely. I can even share examples to get you started.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No, but I have readings of all sorts that you're welcome to choose from if you'd like.
How long are your ceremonies?
Typically, they're 20 minutes or so. But I can go shorter or longer if you'd prefer.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. I trust that you're both making a mature decision that's mutually beneficial.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes. Though I do request an extra $75 for my time.
Do you supply a sound system?
My voice carries well, but should the venue require it, your DJ or venue contact can help me out with extra sound assistance.

REVIEWS

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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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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Liz was a dream to work with! We wanted someone that we felt a trust and connection with, who didn't feel like a stranger, and after meeting with Liz for about 5 minutes we knew she was that person. She is very warm, engaging and kind. She took the time to get to know us and write a customized, one of a kind ceremony, that was special to our relationship only. She also helped us pick out other details of the ceremony, like readings and traditions. She was also logistically great- punctual, fast responses to emails, and kept us on track. During the ceremony, Liz was confident, funny, warm, and heart-felt. Many of our guests also commented on how great our officiant was. I could go on and on- she is the best.
Liz was a dream to work with! We wanted someone that we felt a trust and connection with, who didn't feel like a stranger, Read more...
Liz was a dream to work with! We wanted someone that we felt a trust and connection with, who didn't feel like a stranger, and after meeting with Liz for about 5 minutes we knew she was that person. She is very warm, engaging and kind. She took the time to get to know us and write a customized, one of a kind ceremony, that was special to our relationship only. She also helped us pick out other details of the ceremony, like readings and traditions. She was also logistically great- punctual, fast responses to emails, and kept us on track. During the ceremony, Liz was confident, funny, warm, and heart-felt. Many of our guests also commented on how great our officiant was. I could go on and on- she is the best. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you! I love the creativity and process of helping couples like you put together a ceremony you want. The imagery from your wedding will remain with me... especially your fairy tale walk down the aisle. Wishing you both the happiest of marriages.
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz was wonderful to work with! The ceremony felt very personalized and she provided us with several ideas/options to make our day exactly what we dreamed of. I would highly recommend her service.
Liz was wonderful to work with! The ceremony felt very personalized and she provided us with several ideas/options to make Read more...
Liz was wonderful to work with! The ceremony felt very personalized and she provided us with several ideas/options to make our day exactly what we dreamed of. I would highly recommend her service. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Nicole. Your ceremony by the lake was so serene and beautiful, despite the 116 degree heat that day! Wishing you both all the best in life and love.
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Sam
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
To say that Liz was amazing, would be an understatement. It was like having our best friend perform the ceremony. She took the time, to hear our story and how it all led to our special day. Hearing her say it to us and our guests was, made us feel as though she was there watching all these past years. Liz made it a point from the beginning to really listen to us and understand us. The ceremony she wrote out for us, FOR US, was personal and so touching. Not a dry eye... Everyone, always thinks that you will be complimented on the flowers or the cake or the brides wedding dress.... NO, not in our case, everyone gave us compliments on Liz; on how loving yet humorous she made our special day. This rating system, does no justice for Liz! She is off the charts.. There is nothing to consider, she is the best. Liz, if you ever get a chance to read this... Thank you, thank you, thank you. You made our day special and unforgettable. Your words and presence are carved in our hearts! ..... Sam & Gaby
To say that Liz was amazing, would be an understatement. It was like having our best friend perform the ceremony. She took Read more...
To say that Liz was amazing, would be an understatement. It was like having our best friend perform the ceremony. She took the time, to hear our story and how it all led to our special day. Hearing her say it to us and our guests was, made us feel as though she was there watching all these past years. Liz made it a point from the beginning to really listen to us and understand us. The ceremony she wrote out for us, FOR US, was personal and so touching. Not a dry eye... Everyone, always thinks that you will be complimented on the flowers or the cake or the brides wedding dress.... NO, not in our case, everyone gave us compliments on Liz; on how loving yet humorous she made our special day. This rating system, does no justice for Liz! She is off the charts.. There is nothing to consider, she is the best. Liz, if you ever get a chance to read this... Thank you, thank you, thank you. You made our day special and unforgettable. Your words and presence are carved in our hearts! ..... Sam & Gaby Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your words are so meaningful to me, Sam. Being a part of your special day reaffirmed for me again the undeniability of our connections with another person and the importance of affirming them in public. All my best to you and Gaby and your family. Thanks again!
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Rich and Nhu
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz made our special day - - special! She was friendly and honest and open, from the first day we met and interviewed each other to the end of our ceremony and beyond. We had a small intimate ceremony with family and close friends in our suite at the Sanctuary Resort. Although she had a wedding ceremony already scheduled for later that day she was very accommodating to us for our romantic midday celebration.

Liz is a true professional - thoughtful, caring, personable, and easy going. A real pleasure to work with! She delivered our ceremony, including our personal vows, with compassion and sincerity. Her words were heartfelt, captivating, and beautiful. Many guests commented on how distinctive and enchanting her ceremony was. She stayed for a little while afterwards and mingled to enjoy our celebration together.

Liz is a very charming, likeable, and pleasant person. I would recommend her to officiate for anybody's wedding! She is...JOYFUL indeed!
Liz made our special day - - special! She was friendly and honest and open, from the first day we met and interviewed each Read more...
Liz made our special day - - special! She was friendly and honest and open, from the first day we met and interviewed each other to the end of our ceremony and beyond. We had a small intimate ceremony with family and close friends in our suite at the Sanctuary Resort. Although she had a wedding ceremony already scheduled for later that day she was very accommodating to us for our romantic midday celebration.

Liz is a true professional - thoughtful, caring, personable, and easy going. A real pleasure to work with! She delivered our ceremony, including our personal vows, with compassion and sincerity. Her words were heartfelt, captivating, and beautiful. Many guests commented on how distinctive and enchanting her ceremony was. She stayed for a little while afterwards and mingled to enjoy our celebration together.

Liz is a very charming, likeable, and pleasant person. I would recommend her to officiate for anybody's wedding! She is...JOYFUL indeed! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you Rich and Nhu for your generous words. I loved working with you and experiencing your authentic affection for one another. Your ceremony at the Sanctuary was such a creative choice, and I'll never forget Nhu's face when she saw her huge ring! That was such a priceless moment. All my best for your marriage.
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Erin
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were so lucky to come across Joyful Unions when researching officiants. We met Liz in person a few months before the wedding and we absolutely adored her! She is so personable, kind, funny, and very perceptive. We spoke for a good while giving her insight of who we are, how we met and what we love. She asked great questions to get to know us before the ceremony. During the wedding planning, she was quick to respond and always helpful. On the day of our wedding, she did an amazing job! We had a small ceremony at the Desert Botanical Garden among family and close friends. She brought our personalities beautifully into our vows and her words about what marriage is. Our guests kept raving throughout the night, and honestly even to this day, about how touching and lovely Liz made the ceremony. My husband would give her more than 5 stars if we could. I cannot express quite how much we enjoyed working with Joyful Unions.
My husband and I were so lucky to come across Joyful Unions when researching officiants. We met Liz in person a few months Read more...
My husband and I were so lucky to come across Joyful Unions when researching officiants. We met Liz in person a few months before the wedding and we absolutely adored her! She is so personable, kind, funny, and very perceptive. We spoke for a good while giving her insight of who we are, how we met and what we love. She asked great questions to get to know us before the ceremony. During the wedding planning, she was quick to respond and always helpful. On the day of our wedding, she did an amazing job! We had a small ceremony at the Desert Botanical Garden among family and close friends. She brought our personalities beautifully into our vows and her words about what marriage is. Our guests kept raving throughout the night, and honestly even to this day, about how touching and lovely Liz made the ceremony. My husband would give her more than 5 stars if we could. I cannot express quite how much we enjoyed working with Joyful Unions. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Your review means a lot to me, Erin. Thank you for your generous words. You and Le radiated such love, and the DBG at sunset on that perfect spring day was quite the backdrop! Wow! Many, many happy wishes to you both for a long and fulfilling marriage.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Liz is such a wonderful person to officiate a wedding. I knew the moment I met Liz that she would do a great job. She was very easy to keep in contact with and would check in with us from time to time just to see how we were doing. After our wedding my husband and I had multiple people tell us how great our ceremony was specifically the vows that Liz was so kind to write for us. Thank you Liz!
Liz is such a wonderful person to officiate a wedding. I knew the moment I met Liz that she would do a great job. She was Read more...
Liz is such a wonderful person to officiate a wedding. I knew the moment I met Liz that she would do a great job. She was very easy to keep in contact with and would check in with us from time to time just to see how we were doing. After our wedding my husband and I had multiple people tell us how great our ceremony was specifically the vows that Liz was so kind to write for us. Thank you Liz! Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

I won't soon forget that beautiful spring day and the gorgeous wedding you two put on. Wishing you the happiest of marriages.
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Susie
Wedding:
1/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Liz did a terrific job helping us plan our ceremony and choose our vows. On our wedding day, she arrived as schedule and mingled with our guests wonderfully. The ceremony itself was beautiful and Liz was so heartfelt in her words and emotions. She truly helped make it a wonderful day for us.
Liz did a terrific job helping us plan our ceremony and choose our vows. On our wedding day, she arrived as schedule and Read more...
Liz did a terrific job helping us plan our ceremony and choose our vows. On our wedding day, she arrived as schedule and mingled with our guests wonderfully. The ceremony itself was beautiful and Liz was so heartfelt in her words and emotions. She truly helped make it a wonderful day for us. Read less
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Joyful Unions responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your comments, Susie. Your wedding on the pool island was a nice touch, and meeting your personable father-in-law was a highlight of my day! Wishing you both the best.

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