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Joyful Weddings & Events

Southern California , CA

LOCATION

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

PHONE

760-636-3564

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Specializing in outdoor ceremonies call us first to check officiant availability. Our core officiating service includes helping you to design a ceremony that will add beauty, joy, fun... Read more
Specializing in outdoor ceremonies 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. Over 1,100 weddings of experience in the Inland Empire. 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
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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, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Taoist, Unitarian
In which states are you licensed?
CA

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Deanna
Wedding:
5/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Richard was amazing from day one! I found him online while my husband and I were exploring Palm Springs for our wedding. From our initial phone call to our actually wedding Richard was there every step of the way. He helped me decide on the type of wedding to have, where to stay during our visit, the wedding location, flowers, photographer, videographer, everything! He was quick to respond to emails and always willing to help. It was comforting to have someone with so much wedding knowledge on my side!
My husband and I were from Chicago, so all of our interactions with Richard were through phone or email, but the day that we met Richard for our ceremony it was like I knew him for years. He brought such a wonderful energy: so kind, funny, easy going and passionate! Can't go wrong with Richard!
Richard was amazing from day one! I found him online while my husband and I were exploring Palm Springs for our wedding. Read more...
Richard was amazing from day one! I found him online while my husband and I were exploring Palm Springs for our wedding. From our initial phone call to our actually wedding Richard was there every step of the way. He helped me decide on the type of wedding to have, where to stay during our visit, the wedding location, flowers, photographer, videographer, everything! He was quick to respond to emails and always willing to help. It was comforting to have someone with so much wedding knowledge on my side!
My husband and I were from Chicago, so all of our interactions with Richard were through phone or email, but the day that we met Richard for our ceremony it was like I knew him for years. He brought such a wonderful energy: so kind, funny, easy going and passionate! Can't go wrong with Richard! Read less
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James Turilli
Wedding:
3/27/2016
5.0/5.0
We love Palm Springs so much we purchased a condo there last year. It was decided that it would be the perfect place to begin the next chapter in our lives which came together 19 years ago. We said yes to our respective proposals on Sunday 3/20/ 2016. Following a quick web search, our first call was to Richard. We will forever feel like we won the lottery by making that decision. We described that we wished to be married on our balcony overlooking the mountains. His ability to take our suggestions, combine them with his own and provide EXPERT advise on how and where to begin obtaining the license on line helped to make the planning nearly effortless. He was the best wedding gift we could ever receive. We were surprised that Richard remembered the names of our friends Robert and Keith who would be staying with us while we were in Palm Springs and incorporated there names in our ceremony along with comments about the beautiful balcony setting between the mountains and the desert. It was obviously not a canned ceremony. Add to all of that Richard had no resistance to performing our ceremony on Easter morning following the sunrise service he performed on the mountain top. It was absolutely perfect. Most of the arrangements were made during the first phone call which took less than 1/2 hour. We look forward to seeing Richard when we visit Palm Springs in the future. There are not enough good comments we could ever make to describe how pleased we feel to have chosen Richard to help us plan the most important day in the rest of our lives.
We love Palm Springs so much we purchased a condo there last year. It was decided that it would be the perfect place to Read more...
We love Palm Springs so much we purchased a condo there last year. It was decided that it would be the perfect place to begin the next chapter in our lives which came together 19 years ago. We said yes to our respective proposals on Sunday 3/20/ 2016. Following a quick web search, our first call was to Richard. We will forever feel like we won the lottery by making that decision. We described that we wished to be married on our balcony overlooking the mountains. His ability to take our suggestions, combine them with his own and provide EXPERT advise on how and where to begin obtaining the license on line helped to make the planning nearly effortless. He was the best wedding gift we could ever receive. We were surprised that Richard remembered the names of our friends Robert and Keith who would be staying with us while we were in Palm Springs and incorporated there names in our ceremony along with comments about the beautiful balcony setting between the mountains and the desert. It was obviously not a canned ceremony. Add to all of that Richard had no resistance to performing our ceremony on Easter morning following the sunrise service he performed on the mountain top. It was absolutely perfect. Most of the arrangements were made during the first phone call which took less than 1/2 hour. We look forward to seeing Richard when we visit Palm Springs in the future. There are not enough good comments we could ever make to describe how pleased we feel to have chosen Richard to help us plan the most important day in the rest of our lives. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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Kate
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Richard was a pleasure to work with. Right from the first meeting he demonstrated a unique ability to understand what we were looking for and made it fun in the process. He spent time to understand all the facets that we wanted in our ceremony and seamlessly incorporated every element into the final product. We highly recommend him.
Richard was a pleasure to work with. Right from the first meeting he demonstrated a unique ability to understand what we Read more...
Richard was a pleasure to work with. Right from the first meeting he demonstrated a unique ability to understand what we were looking for and made it fun in the process. He spent time to understand all the facets that we wanted in our ceremony and seamlessly incorporated every element into the final product. We highly recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Mark
Wedding:
3/5/2016
5.0/5.0
Richard was awesome!!! We wanted a simple but non-traditional ceremony and that is exactly what we got. The entire ceremony and event was magical. Highly recommend richard to anyone that is considering him.
Richard was awesome!!! We wanted a simple but non-traditional ceremony and that is exactly what we got. The entire Read more...
Richard was awesome!!! We wanted a simple but non-traditional ceremony and that is exactly what we got. The entire ceremony and event was magical. Highly recommend richard to anyone that is considering him. Read less
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Deb
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Richard was fantastic in guiding us through the entire license and wedding process including offering ceremony site options. Reverend Nan comprised the sweetest ceremonial exchange of vows that was unique to our relationship. She kept in constant touch with us updating us along the way as our wedding date came closer. She was invaluable in giving us information from the weather to site seeing, shopping and dining. Ashley, the photographer was so sweet and did a great job guiding us through the resort property to get wonderful photo opportunities. We cherish the experience the Joyful Weddings team provided.
Richard was fantastic in guiding us through the entire license and wedding process including offering ceremony site Read more...
Richard was fantastic in guiding us through the entire license and wedding process including offering ceremony site options. Reverend Nan comprised the sweetest ceremonial exchange of vows that was unique to our relationship. She kept in constant touch with us updating us along the way as our wedding date came closer. She was invaluable in giving us information from the weather to site seeing, shopping and dining. Ashley, the photographer was so sweet and did a great job guiding us through the resort property to get wonderful photo opportunities. We cherish the experience the Joyful Weddings team provided. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning
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Aleesha
Wedding:
1/17/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are Australian and recently got married in Yucca Valley, California. I found Richard online and was compelled to contact Joyful Weddings after reading that Richard is not only an experienced officiant, but would also help us to ensure all paperwork and formalities were completed correctly and efficiently. From the very first email inquiry to the actual wedding day, Richard was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Our special day was made even more wonderful thanks to Richard being there. Thank you Richard!
My husband and I are Australian and recently got married in Yucca Valley, California. I found Richard online and was Read more...
My husband and I are Australian and recently got married in Yucca Valley, California. I found Richard online and was compelled to contact Joyful Weddings after reading that Richard is not only an experienced officiant, but would also help us to ensure all paperwork and formalities were completed correctly and efficiently. From the very first email inquiry to the actual wedding day, Richard was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Our special day was made even more wonderful thanks to Richard being there. Thank you Richard! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Joyful Weddings & Events responded with the following comments:

Aleesha and Jordan: Loved being WAY out in the boonies with you for a wonderful nature experience. Hope the pictures turned out great. Rev. Richard
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had to cancel our 25th anniversary vow renewal due to unforseen circumstances and Richard was considerate and understanding saying that we could have it at another time. His understanding and assistance was wonderful. Prior to our cancelling, Richard collaborated with me in the writing of the vows and format of the ceremony. He welcomed my input, cover design for the vows and ideas for the brief sermon. I know that when we do renew our vows at a later date his presence will be heartfelt.
We had to cancel our 25th anniversary vow renewal due to unforseen circumstances and Richard was considerate and Read more...
We had to cancel our 25th anniversary vow renewal due to unforseen circumstances and Richard was considerate and understanding saying that we could have it at another time. His understanding and assistance was wonderful. Prior to our cancelling, Richard collaborated with me in the writing of the vows and format of the ceremony. He welcomed my input, cover design for the vows and ideas for the brief sermon. I know that when we do renew our vows at a later date his presence will be heartfelt. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jocie
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are from Canada and planned a destination wedding just outside of Palm Springs without knowing a single vendor in the area! We are so grateful that we found Richard as he delivered the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony.
Richard made sure to explain everything we needed to know beforehand and took care of all the little details so that our day went smoothly. He took time with me before the ceremony to help calm my nerves, which I am so thankful for.
Thank you Richard!
My husband and I are from Canada and planned a destination wedding just outside of Palm Springs without knowing a single Read more...
My husband and I are from Canada and planned a destination wedding just outside of Palm Springs without knowing a single vendor in the area! We are so grateful that we found Richard as he delivered the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony.
Richard made sure to explain everything we needed to know beforehand and took care of all the little details so that our day went smoothly. He took time with me before the ceremony to help calm my nerves, which I am so thankful for.
Thank you Richard! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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