The coolest and happiest couples in the world come to get married on the Outer Banks. Let's make your day FUN, comfortable, full of honor, and totally taylored to fit you from start to finish. Watch a few of the videos here on Wedding Wire or on my website and you'll see what I mean. It's going to be an epic day for you, and I hope to be standing there barefoot on the beach with you! Can't wait to hear your story. :)
Rev. Jay Bowman completed his undergraduate studies at Asbury College in Kentucky and right after, did seminary work at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. Through a small but solid denomination with Swedish Lutheran roots, he got his ordination credentials. With decades of experience in the church, he now delights in joining couples together in matrimony.
Rev. Jay Bowman performs several wedding types such as civil unions, interfaith ceremonies, vow renewals, and many more. The licensed reverend also helps couples with customizing their vows upon request.
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Briana Alexander · Getting married on 02/10/2021
Jay is the Best Officiant in the OBX!
I can not even put into words how wonderful Jay is. When we first met Jay over a year ago, I knew right away he was the officiant for us. He asked us to watch a two minute video on his website. After my fiance and I watched the video together we were hooked. Jay made everything easy when it came to filling out the ceremony outline. Everything was right there on his website and there was no hunting all over for the vows and readings, it was just a simple copy and paste to the form. Fast forward to the rehearsal and the wedding day, Jay's personality made all our nervousness fade away. By far the best day ever, Thank you Jay! I would highly recommend Rev. Jay to anyone!Sent on 10/31/2019
Rev. Jay Bowman's reply:LOVED LOVED LOVED being there with you last weekend, toes in the sand, and celebrating you and Jamie. Such a great crowd of family and friends that you have, and a moment that will be for all time in your lives. Keep being YOU, and take good care of each other. All my best, Jay
Haley Keys · Getting married on 08/05/2020
Jay was wonderful. He worked with me every step of the way to ensure that the ceremony was catered to us. He was very warm and inviting and made the day special. We would wouldn't change a thing.Sent on 05/29/2019
Rev. Jay Bowman's reply:Awww....loved your review, Haley. So glad you wouldn't want to change anything about that wonderful day you had on the island. You were a joy to serve, and I hope we meet up again someday. Thank you, Jay.
Katlynn · Getting married on 06/08/2020
Jay is amazing!
My husband and I got married Tuesday July 16th. We didn’t know anything about having a beach wedding or how it would go. Jay was very helpful with answering all of our crazy questions. On the wedding day, it honestly felt like Jay was someone that we knew and someone that knew us. He touched our hearts during the ceremony. He was a very genuine and nice person! One thing that we thought really stuck out about him was that after the wedding was over he stuck around and took pictures of us just like the photographer was doing. He sent us those pictures that night then, which actually meant the world to us because they were beautiful pictures that we got to get and keep right away after the wedding. All in all, Jay made our wedding feel like no other. Jay, thank you for all that you did for Troy and I!Sent on 07/18/2019
Rev. Jay Bowman's reply:Appreciate the sweet words, Katlynn. It was a beautiful evening in the sand dunes of the Outer Banks, and I'm totally honored to have been there with you. Intimate....and Powerful. Loved it. Take good care of each other! Your friend, Jay.
Rev. Jay Bowman encompasses everything you could ask for in a wedding officiant. We consider Jay to be the gold standard! The ceremony that he performs will resonate with the Bride, Groom, family and guests throughout the years to follow.
As we work many of the caters on the Outer Banks are blessed to work with so many different vendors. Rev Jay Bowman is most definitely one of the best (if not the best) wedding officiants on the whole OBX. He not only makes your day one of a kind, he also makes you feel like he is part of the family!! We have and always will refer Rev Jay Bowman as the first pick for officiants!
Rev. Jay does a top notch job. We always enjoy having him out to Festival Park