Joel Rivera

I’m based in Vancouver and my goal is to provide you with a wedding ceremony you will always remember. I’m a proud Canadian having visited and/or lived in every province and territory in our amazing country. In my spare time, you will likely find me out and about on the seawall or experimenting in the kitchen. I also enjoy camping, hiking and trying to play tennis. I love inspirational cultural and same gender requests and I will work with you to ensure that you will enjoy and cherish the moment. I know that it’s about couples… understanding them and exceeding their expectations. That's what I'm about! I am an appointed designated minister with Clergy Support Church.

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Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, White Rock


Yuki and John
Joel (Rivera) stands out in a sea of officiants! He was kind and friendly, but most of all made the ceremony so personalized to the couple that you could tell it was personally written and not just pulled from a book. Joel held a beautiful and fun ceremony and if you want a non cookie cutter wedding he is your man!! - Taqueesha (wedding photographer) 04/22/17
Yuki and John
Joel (Rivera) was awesome!! He took the time to chat with us on may occasions and made sure we were happy with how the ceremony was to play out. He really made our day! From the jokes to the personalized vows, our wedding wouldn't have been as fun without his help. Totally recommend his service :) from Yuki
Pauline and Colin
I would like to take the opportunity to comment on our marriage Officiant Joel Rivera. We were coming from the Middle East so many emails were sent with questions of what was required from us to get married in BC. Joel was amazing on all levels very professional helping us sort out all the arrangements and making us feel very much at ease with the requirements needed to obtaining a marriage licence to sorting out the perfect location. The day of the reception was a wonderful experience. Joel was friendly, it felt like we had know each other for years - not meeting for the first time. My guests really enjoyed spending time with him not feeling rushed in any way. He really made our time special in getting married in British Columbia. A perfect day and experience we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for the perfect marriage officiant.
Paulina & Michael
We were getting married on a boat, so we were looking for a simple, romantic & fun ceremony. It was a wonderful, unforgettable day. We have nothing but great things to say about Joel (Rivera), he was great! He made us both feel very comfortable and created a great atmosphere. Joel made our day exactly how we envisioned, we could not asked for any better. Thank you! Paulina & Michael
I had the pleasure of planning and coordinating my Sister-in-Law's wedding and having Joel Rivera Officiate the ceremony was definitely one of the high points. Joel was super easy to work with, brought humor and levity to the ceremony, appropriately assisted the bride and groom prior to and during the wedding ceremony and engaged with many of our guests. I would happily utilize Joel's services again and would gladly encourage others to do the same. Thanks Joel!!
Michelle and John
Having Joel (Rivera) was one of the best decisions we could have made for the wedding. He was great to deal with, made us feel so comfortable and prepared us completely for what we would expect for our big day! We highly recommend Joel for anyone looking to make have their ceremony feel as personal and special for the two of us as ours did!
Natalie & Edward
Joel (Rivera) was so great to work with, and checked in with us often. He was always prepared and is personable, which helped put us at ease, and we felt taken care of. I loved that he had his own copy of our vows in his book, making our vows very seamless. Thank you so much Joel! We so enjoyed getting to know you! Natalie & Edward 08/13/17
Linda & Keith Davies
Joel was very approachable and friendly when he approached both my husband and myself to witness the wedding of Klaus and Martina. We were both more than happy to do this and we told him he picked the perfect couple to do this. Although we just met the couple, we immediately connected with them. Tears were shed from both of us ladies. Joel was very professional and clear with his service. Although it was rainy, he was also well prepared to keep us dry with umbrellas. All and all it was a delightful service and a day we will always remember. Joel also followed through with emailing the pictures to us. I took most of the photos from his phone. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Linda & Keith Davies
Michelle & Jorge
Absolutely Amazing Officiant! Joel (Rivera) really helped to make our ceremony perfect. He is so much fun and is so charming and definitely eases your stress with his professionalism. He is a great communicator and always early to make sure that is the last thing you have to worry about. He also has great examples and really guides you through the process. We are beyond happy and I would recommend him to anyone who asks! Thank you Joel for everything we really appreciate it! Michelle & Jorge August 4th 2018
Kathira & Emmanuel
Joel was so thoughtful, professional and knowledgeable. We did not know anything about the legal part of the wedding. Thank god for Joel who educated us and kept in touch through the planning. Joel met up with us a couple times and was available anytime we needed him. He is very caring he called me a day before the wedding to see how we were doing. At the wedding Joel was a hit. Everyone loved him. He was funny and made the whole experience easy and simple which is what we were looking for. thank you Joel!! I recommend him to anyone who is getting married. You can not go wrong. August 2018.
Joel Rivera did a great job. He is very open and friendly, professional and personable. Thank you for everything!
Jess and Loi
Joel Rivera was our officiant for our wedding that took place in August 2018! He was simply incredible! He was always prepared and made us feel at ease. He kindly walked us through everything so we were comfortable and; therefore, we felt like we were in good hands. Thanks to Joel, our wedding day unfolded smoothly. He made the ceremony fun and upbeat! Thank you so much. Jess and Loi
Trevor & Jenna
We had Joel Rivera and he was phenomenal! He kept it short and sweet and was very funny and entertaining. His meeting with us ahead of time was very professional and engaging. We would definitely recommend him for future weddings. Trevor & Jenna Oct 2018
Jitin & Chirag
Just want to express how thankful we were to Joel Rivera for his services. He was so professional yet so friendly and everything was so perfect. We got so many appreciations and compliments from our family and friends for the ceremony. He made our marriage process so easy and stress-free. Coming from different cultural background and religion we were little skeptical about the whole ceremony but Joel made us so comfortable that we found it so easy as he explained to us about each process step by step. Everything was so detailed and he really did a great job. He just didn't make our wedding a memorable one but he also engaged himself with our guests and made everyone laugh and have a joyous experience. I highly recommend him as he did a wonderful job. Jitin & Chirag March 2019
Leo & Graham
Joel Rivera is such an amazing guy. Super friendly and beyond professional. Helped out in every way he could. From our first meeting to him helping us create our own vows, Joel was there helping in any way he could. I will be recommending him always. A big thank you to making our special day even more special. Leo & Graham March 2019
Chris & Jessica
Joel Rivera was absolutely fantastic! As soon as I spoke to him on the phone, I knew he would be the perfect choice for our wedding, and he 100% was. He was so easy to work with, genuine, funny, and organized. Thank you so much Joel for being you and for a great wedding for my husband and I! Chris & Jessica May 2019
Sheldon and Hazel
Thanks for everything Joel Rivera . We had a fantastic day. It was amazing to see how it all finally came together . We are so glad we chose you to officiate our special day . Sheldon and Hazel June 2019
Sheldon and Hazel
Kelvin & Carolyn
Joel Rivera was fantastic! He was prepared, during interviews and first meet up. He was straightforward but guided us to personalize the ceremony to the version we like and prefer. Definitely recommend Joel to anyone else getting married! Kelvin & Carolyn July 2019
Kelvin & Carolyn
Ron & Ramon
Joel Rivera was very personable through out the process and articulated the ceremonial options available. On the wedding day, Joel was personable & confident which made us feel at ease. He is a polished Officiant that you can count on! Nice job Joel! Ron & Ramon August 2019
Trevor & Mary
Joel Rivera was a consummate professional throughout the entire process. His communication was clear, and the ceremony was wonderful. His conduct was such that we were comfortable, and excited to be married. We couldn't have asked for anything - or anyone - better. We would recommend Joel without any reservations whatsoever. Thank you Joel! Trevor & Mary August 2019
Trevor & Mary
Alexis & Laura
Many thanks to Joel Rivera for making our wedding perfect and taking the time to meet our Friends and family .Joel made everybody feels so relaxed and comfortable. His charm made the ceremony exceed our expectations. There was so much love and happiness around as well! Joel directed the ceremony as we requested :) MANY THANKS JOEL. Alexis & Laura September 2019
Alexis  & Laura