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Joyful Weddings & Events

Big Bear Lake , CA

LOCATION

Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead
Southern California, CA 92262 US (map)

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ABOUT US

Over 1000 weddings of experience in the Inland Empire. Call us first to check officiant availability. Our core officiating service includes helping you to design a ceremony that will add... Read more
Over 1000 weddings of experience in the Inland Empire. Call us first to check officiant availability. Our core officiating service includes helping you to design a ceremony that will add beauty, joy, fun and dignity to your most special day. We have an LGBT Certified Wedding Officiant & Consultant to help you plan your wedding at reasonable fees . View a video.
We accept and marry people of all faiths and beliefs including Christian, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist, Inter-Faith, Native American, Nondenominational, Hindu, and every other path to the Divine.

We are also a network of caring wedding ministers, officiants, celebrants and clergy who go the extra mile and deliver an extraordinary ceremony. As qualified professionals we offer an exceptional, joyous, personal, and memorable experience for every couple and their guests.
Officiating since 2001, and valley residents since 1977, testimonials show that we offer much more than wedding officiating , marriage vow renewal and elopement services. Fair pricing, reliability, reputation, 30 years in the community, references, and a passion for perfection. Palm Springs Pride entrusted us to officiate, and coordinate, 30 weddings in a single day. Hire the tried and true! Call 760-320-8141
WORDS FROM WEDDING INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES:

The Spencers evening was just a delight. What a lot of work you put into making it a perfect wedding for the young couple. I hope they appreciated how lucky they were. Vicki and I just really enjoyed it all.
Jim K

Hey sweetie: had a fabulous time tonight. It was a lovely, lovely event and so well done. KUDOS to you. You did a FABULOUS job of putting it all together. It was great. The bride was gorgeous. love ya.
Caroline R

Rev. Richard:
Fantastic event, top drawer and elegant in every respect. Your wonderful organization, expertise, and, interpersonal skills made this evenings event spectacular!!!!! You are a joy to work with and to know. Wishing you continued success,
Judge Jeffrey

Richard
This was one of the smoothest and most enjoyable weddings I've photographed. Great job!
Scott Campbell Photography

WORDS FROM COUPLES:
Thank you, very nice of you to remember our anniversary ! I can't believe it's been a whole year. It was such a beautiful day, not just weather-wise and the hotel but the overall feeling of love. I'm glad you were there to share it with us!
Jennifer E

Richard
Thank you so much for your quick reply. We are in agreement with your fee. You have no idea what a relief it is knowing someone with your experience is able to help us with this most important occasion. Please let me know if I need to arrange a deposit or prepayment of some kind. We will be reviewing the information you sent, as well as working on articulating our own vision for you.

Sincerely,
Stephanie C

Richard,
I want to let you know that everyone thought the ceremony was terrific. You are the best! Even the unemotional in the group were emotional! Thank you so much. All our best,

Neil and Desiree

Hi Richard,
First, thank you so much for being a part of our special day. we are both so delighted with how the day turned out and you helped to make it more wonderful than we had anticipated.
Michelle Z

Richard:
I'm so grateful Paul and I have you to help us figure it all out. Thank you.
Paula A

NOT ALL WEDDINGS GO SMOOTHLY:

Hi Richard,

Let me start off first by saying thank you for helping me with my day.

Things did not go as I expected, but it was not your fault. I'm extremely disappointed in the way my bridesmaids behaved and I did try and keep my composure as best I could to try to not let affect me. I don't think they completely "Got" what it was to be a bridesmaid. It really makes me re-evaluate! If you know what I mean.

I understand our timing/lateness was an issue with the pictures as well as the wind. You really did the best you could in handling all the challenges that were presented to you yesterday and I know there were quite a few! And I'm so sorry for that! Really it upsets me to think back on them... but though things didn't turn out as I had hoped, I knew that it wouldn't be perfect. So with all the imperfections aside. The most important thing is that I married the best man I could have ever wished for, and the vows we took were what was most important of all.

So thank you for being a part of it!

Best wishes,
Jill Read less
Officiant , Wedding Planning

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Non-religious
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military

REVIEWS

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Ryan
Wedding:
2/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Richard was awesome! Not only did he perform and lead a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony, he was fun and enjoyable to work with. For me and my wife, we didn't have the luxury of knowing a mutual friend or officiant who could perform the ceremony, and we were concerned that hiring someone who didn't know us could make the ceremony a little disconnected...worry not! Richard really takes the time to get to know you and your partner, and sincerely cares. Our ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt; not a dry eye in the room. I would highly recommend Richard for your wedding!
Richard was awesome! Not only did he perform and lead a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony, he was fun and enjoyable to work Read more...
Richard was awesome! Not only did he perform and lead a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony, he was fun and enjoyable to work with. For me and my wife, we didn't have the luxury of knowing a mutual friend or officiant who could perform the ceremony, and we were concerned that hiring someone who didn't know us could make the ceremony a little disconnected...worry not! Richard really takes the time to get to know you and your partner, and sincerely cares. Our ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt; not a dry eye in the room. I would highly recommend Richard for your wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Richard made our tiny wedding as warm and charming as it could possibly have been. We set our date on short notice during the busy wedding season in the desert around Valentine's Day. Richard's frame of mind was so positive and every communication was about how to make things work rather than how challenging our requests were. I appreciate that so much.
We had a very small wedding on our patio with only four guests; two of them were family members who were unaware that they were arriving just in time for our impromptu wedding. You'd have thought that Richard managed surprise weddings every day the way he put our guests at ease. We've been domestic partners for 18 years giving a certain signifigance to finally being able to legally marry. Richard was perfectly attuned to the depth of meaning that held for us. We loved our wedding and really can't thank Richard enough for helping us make our long-awaited moment a beautiful memory.
Richard made our tiny wedding as warm and charming as it could possibly have been. We set our date on short notice during Read more...
Richard made our tiny wedding as warm and charming as it could possibly have been. We set our date on short notice during the busy wedding season in the desert around Valentine's Day. Richard's frame of mind was so positive and every communication was about how to make things work rather than how challenging our requests were. I appreciate that so much.
We had a very small wedding on our patio with only four guests; two of them were family members who were unaware that they were arriving just in time for our impromptu wedding. You'd have thought that Richard managed surprise weddings every day the way he put our guests at ease. We've been domestic partners for 18 years giving a certain signifigance to finally being able to legally marry. Richard was perfectly attuned to the depth of meaning that held for us. We loved our wedding and really can't thank Richard enough for helping us make our long-awaited moment a beautiful memory. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I live in Calgary, Canada and have always dreamed of eloping rather than hosting a large scale wedding. We began flirting with the idea of a California elopement and our dream was quickly realized once we made contact with Richard. We found Richard's contact on a Saturday afternoon and emailed him a quick inquiry. He generously responded to all of our questions and more within hours. Richard called us the very next day. We chatted for nearly 45 minutes - it was like we were old friends catching up! By Monday evening we sent in our deposit and were getting married in 4 weeks time. It was that easy!! How many people can say their wedding was practically planned within 48 hours??!

Richard kept in close contact with us over the course of the next month, answering all of our questions with ease. Richard was very flexible and resourceful - our ceremony location changed multiple times on the day of the wedding and Richard didn't miss a beat. He happily helped us scout out the perfect place to exchange our vows.

Richard connected us with an amazing photographer, Ashley LaPrade. Ashley was the perfect and rare combination of photographer, stage director, witness, best man and maid of honour. I would most definitely recommend Ashley to any couple marrying in the Palm Springs area. She made us so comfortable and helped us to embrace or special day. Our photos are stunning - surpassing all of our expectations!

In addition to sourcing out the best photographer, Richard made great recommendations for our hotel, our wedding celebration dinner, our flower shop, and my hair and makeup salon. We highly recommend Rev. Richard Cadieux for all of your wedding needs as he made everything, including processing all the legal paperwork, so very easy. It was the very perfect day. Thank you Richard!!
My husband and I live in Calgary, Canada and have always dreamed of eloping rather than hosting a large scale wedding. We Read more...
My husband and I live in Calgary, Canada and have always dreamed of eloping rather than hosting a large scale wedding. We began flirting with the idea of a California elopement and our dream was quickly realized once we made contact with Richard. We found Richard's contact on a Saturday afternoon and emailed him a quick inquiry. He generously responded to all of our questions and more within hours. Richard called us the very next day. We chatted for nearly 45 minutes - it was like we were old friends catching up! By Monday evening we sent in our deposit and were getting married in 4 weeks time. It was that easy!! How many people can say their wedding was practically planned within 48 hours??!

Richard kept in close contact with us over the course of the next month, answering all of our questions with ease. Richard was very flexible and resourceful - our ceremony location changed multiple times on the day of the wedding and Richard didn't miss a beat. He happily helped us scout out the perfect place to exchange our vows.

Richard connected us with an amazing photographer, Ashley LaPrade. Ashley was the perfect and rare combination of photographer, stage director, witness, best man and maid of honour. I would most definitely recommend Ashley to any couple marrying in the Palm Springs area. She made us so comfortable and helped us to embrace or special day. Our photos are stunning - surpassing all of our expectations!

In addition to sourcing out the best photographer, Richard made great recommendations for our hotel, our wedding celebration dinner, our flower shop, and my hair and makeup salon. We highly recommend Rev. Richard Cadieux for all of your wedding needs as he made everything, including processing all the legal paperwork, so very easy. It was the very perfect day. Thank you Richard!! Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Flowers, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning
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Bob
Wedding:
1/1/2015
5.0/5.0
We were very happy that we found Richard. We are from the East Coast but wanted to get married on a piece of property we bought in Palm Springs on which we hope to build a home. Richard was very flexible in performing the service on our lot and on New Year's Day morning.

We wanted a very simple service, which Richard provided, but he also made it special for us. We were very happy with everything.
We were very happy that we found Richard. We are from the East Coast but wanted to get married on a piece of property we Read more...
We were very happy that we found Richard. We are from the East Coast but wanted to get married on a piece of property we bought in Palm Springs on which we hope to build a home. Richard was very flexible in performing the service on our lot and on New Year's Day morning.

We wanted a very simple service, which Richard provided, but he also made it special for us. We were very happy with everything. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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John
Wedding:
12/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Richard was fantastic ! We decided after 27 years together it was probably a good time to tie the knot and we wanted to have it effective 2014. At the very last minute (Dec. 29) I emailed Richard and he was able to direct me to the nearest and fastest office to get licensed and conducted the ceremony at our best friend's house in Rancho Mirage on the 30th. The ceremony was amazing! We laughed, cried , kissed and the entire experience was completely stress free. Thank you Richard.
Richard was fantastic ! We decided after 27 years together it was probably a good time to tie the knot and we wanted to Read more...
Richard was fantastic ! We decided after 27 years together it was probably a good time to tie the knot and we wanted to have it effective 2014. At the very last minute (Dec. 29) I emailed Richard and he was able to direct me to the nearest and fastest office to get licensed and conducted the ceremony at our best friend's house in Rancho Mirage on the 30th. The ceremony was amazing! We laughed, cried , kissed and the entire experience was completely stress free. Thank you Richard. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Marian
Wedding:
11/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Richard is the perfect pick to organize and plan a wedding! He was professional, kind, and timely when handling all of the details of our wedding. He truly respected and facilitated all of our wishes for the perfect ceremony for us. His kindness and communication turned what could have been a hectic day into a Joyfull Wedding experience. We recommend him without reservation!
Marian & Paula
Richard is the perfect pick to organize and plan a wedding! He was professional, kind, and timely when handling all of the Read more...
Richard is the perfect pick to organize and plan a wedding! He was professional, kind, and timely when handling all of the details of our wedding. He truly respected and facilitated all of our wishes for the perfect ceremony for us. His kindness and communication turned what could have been a hectic day into a Joyfull Wedding experience. We recommend him without reservation!
Marian & Paula Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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Abby
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Richard was a pleasure to work with in planning our wedding ceremony. He is extremely professional, and I really appreciated his collaborative attitude. There were a couple things in the ceremony I changed, and he was very helpful in pointing out to me what was traditional but then leaving the final decision up to me. He also did a great job personalizing the ceremony, which was the most important element to us. He had the perfect balance of religious and secular elements for us as well. We would highly recommend him.
Richard was a pleasure to work with in planning our wedding ceremony. He is extremely professional, and I really Read more...
Richard was a pleasure to work with in planning our wedding ceremony. He is extremely professional, and I really appreciated his collaborative attitude. There were a couple things in the ceremony I changed, and he was very helpful in pointing out to me what was traditional but then leaving the final decision up to me. He also did a great job personalizing the ceremony, which was the most important element to us. He had the perfect balance of religious and secular elements for us as well. We would highly recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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Shawna
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Richard did an amazing job! He was very professional and kind hearted, offering ideas and advice to help make our ceremony special. Richard was very prompt when answering questions and emails and very knowledgeable in helping us to complete our marriage paperwork. Being from Canada, and getting married in Palm Springs, it was very reassuring that we had Richard guiding us on what to do. He is a pleasure to work with and we would certainly recommend his services! Thank you Richard!
Richard did an amazing job! He was very professional and kind hearted, offering ideas and advice to help make our ceremony Read more...
Richard did an amazing job! He was very professional and kind hearted, offering ideas and advice to help make our ceremony special. Richard was very prompt when answering questions and emails and very knowledgeable in helping us to complete our marriage paperwork. Being from Canada, and getting married in Palm Springs, it was very reassuring that we had Richard guiding us on what to do. He is a pleasure to work with and we would certainly recommend his services! Thank you Richard! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Robert
Wedding:
10/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about Richard and Joyful Weddings. Richard officiated our wedding and helped us select our vendors. We had a destination wedding in Palm Springs and living on the East Coast and planning a wedding 3000 miles away was made easier with Richard’s guidance and professionalism. In the process we not only had a wonderful wedding but made a friend. We hope to see him again on our future trips to Palm Springs if just for dinner or lunch.
We cannot say enough about Richard and Joyful Weddings. Richard officiated our wedding and helped us select our vendors. Read more...
We cannot say enough about Richard and Joyful Weddings. Richard officiated our wedding and helped us select our vendors. We had a destination wedding in Palm Springs and living on the East Coast and planning a wedding 3000 miles away was made easier with Richard’s guidance and professionalism. In the process we not only had a wonderful wedding but made a friend. We hope to see him again on our future trips to Palm Springs if just for dinner or lunch. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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Marcella
Wedding:
7/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Asking Richard to help with our wedding plans was the best decision that we made. Being out of town I was a little skeptic at first but Richard put our minds at ease from the beginning to the end. This was our first vacation in 7 years together and getting married at the same time was beautiful! The ceremony was peaceful, quiet and very intimate with a small gathering-we couldn't ask for anything more. During the ceremony as Richard was officiating Robin and I both had tears in our eyes for the realization of the moment at hand. I would advise ANY couple, especially gay couples, to use Richards wisdom and elegance to help plan the most important moment in your life.
Thank you Richard for EVERYTHING!! Marcella and Robin
Asking Richard to help with our wedding plans was the best decision that we made. Being out of town I was a little skeptic Read more...
Asking Richard to help with our wedding plans was the best decision that we made. Being out of town I was a little skeptic at first but Richard put our minds at ease from the beginning to the end. This was our first vacation in 7 years together and getting married at the same time was beautiful! The ceremony was peaceful, quiet and very intimate with a small gathering-we couldn't ask for anything more. During the ceremony as Richard was officiating Robin and I both had tears in our eyes for the realization of the moment at hand. I would advise ANY couple, especially gay couples, to use Richards wisdom and elegance to help plan the most important moment in your life.
Thank you Richard for EVERYTHING!! Marcella and Robin Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning

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