Joel Rivera

My goal is to provide you with a wedding ceremony you will always remember. From inspirational, spiritual, cultural and same gender requests, I will work with you to ensure that you will enjoy and cherish the moment. I’m based in Vancouver, and I’m a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CHRP) working in the Hospitality sector for over 16 years. I know that it’s about people…understanding them and exceeding their expectations. 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.

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Areas served

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