491 Reviews for Rev. Jay Bowman
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The one... the only... Officiant on the OBX Jay Bowman! There are no words to describe his charismatic personality, his enthusiasm, and his passion for making your wedding ceremony beyond your expections. Jay places himself In a position where you feel like you have known him forever and truly becomes part of your "family." He was definitely a highlight of our special day and loved by all who attended . If you are looking for the officiant, look no further! JAY BOWMAN IS THE MAN! He will forever be in our hearts!
Awe, what a glowing and sweet review. And I loved what you said to me in those last minutes before the wedding started while you were getting the final touches on your hair done. You said "Jay, I'm so calm inside and excited about the real meaning of this day. That's the way it should be!" Yup, and that's the way it was. May you and Bryan have a zillion wonderful moments in the journey ahead. Thank you again for trusting me with your wedding day. Big hugs, Jay.
Working with Rev Jay was great! We came down from Richmond VA to do a vow renewal for our 25th wedding anniversary. Rev. Jay was easy to work with, easy to book, responded to all questions and emails quickly and reasonably priced. We only got to meet Rev. Jay once but it was like we knew each other for years! He was a big part in our special day that we will always remember. Thanks Rev. Jay.
Thank you Hunter and Annie!!! Appreciate the kind words and so glad you are happy with how Saturday went. So cool to have all 3 of your daughters there, too. I can't wait to see Julie's pics, especially the ones of your father-in-law going commando up top. Classic. Ya'll keep on taking good care of each other and I hope to meet up again someday. All my best. Your friend, Jay
Jay was truly exceptional!! Everyone enjoyed your ceremony! Thank you for our beautiful day
You're so welcome, Duncan. All my best to you and Vivian. Totally my honor to be with you on the Big Day. Thank you, Jay.
RevJay was amazing! Beautiful/meaninhful/fun ceremony. Many of our guests even commented on how awesome he was!
It was wonderful to be with you and Jason! Thank you for the big trust!!! Jay
Rev Jay was AMAZING!!!! From the first moment we connected, Rev Jay was an enthusiastic participant in ensuring that our wedding was everything we wanted it to be and more!! We faced some difficult parameters (special guest in wheelchair, potential torrential rain, high winds and very cold 40s temperatures and a bride and groom determined to get married on the beach!!! along with a short timeline)! Nothing deterred Rev Jay from encouraging us every step of the way even when we began to waiver about moving ceremony inside due to the cold just the morning of! The day turned out perfect...chilly but with lots of sunshine and only a little wind!! Rev Jay added so much to our ceremony with suggestions that matched our personalities such as the Sand Ceremony and Shell Blessing. We felt so taken care of! All of our guests commented “how much Rev Jay made the day!!” and that they loved his enthusiasm! We highly recommend Rev Jay! He is fantastic!!!
Well, I think you're 'Fantastic', too! I really do, as you and Markham made me feel like a true part of your community. Loved the energy that you two brought to the big day, as well as the twins, your sisters, and fun guests. Can't wait to see Rich's pics of you next to the Atlantic Ocean. Awesome!!!! Remember....coffee date in the future!!! All my best. Your friend, Jay
Rev. Jay was amazing!!! He handled everything with ease, professionalism & a great sense of humor. He exceeded our expectations in every way!
Thank you, Norra! Appreciate the kind words so much. Beach hugs, Jay
Jay was the one who set the tone of the entire day! He adapted with us and all of our last minute changes (venue change due to weather, our daughter who was in meltdown mode during the ceremony) and even though the ceremony went by in what felt like a blink of an eye I remember everything he said. I couldnt imagine being married by anyone else. Everyone raved about him after the ceremony and many told us it was the best ceremony they’ve ever witnessed. We also rented a beautiful driftwood arch and table through jay, which was a focal piece and set the vibe we were hoping for. I wish could give more than 5 stars! Thank you jay, you really made our day that much more special!
Mr. and Mrs. DeAugustino
You know what I loved about your day, Kara? I loved the fact that everyone could tell that you and Steve were very much 'in the moment' with each other. So cool! Thank you for all the kind words. You guys rock. Your friend, Jay
Rev. Jay is great!!!! He is well organized and knows what needs to happen. He is wonderfully friendly and great to talk to. He has a voice that fills a room, but conveys all of the emotion you would ever expect on such an emotional day.
For us, this was a destination wedding, so it was great having the officiant be able to offer almost all of the other things that would go with the ceremony (chairs, decor, backdrop, etc.). His website was extremely helpful in the planning process, as we were only able to meet face-to-face once prior to our rehearsal.
We highly recommend Rev. Jay because he was a big part in making our day VERY memorable..
Sure means a lot to me that you took the time to think through those thoughts, and then to write them down for others. You and Lindsay were so great to celebrate with, and I appreciate everything you did for me as well. There were a lot of happy tears that day! Thank you again! Your friend on the Outer Banks, Jay.
Jay was the perfect choice for our perfect day!
Ok, now THAT is an amazing photo of the two of you! Wow, talk about a day of Promise! It was an awesome day! Thank you! Jay
WOW! Where do I begin? Jay is amazing! So responsive, so intuitive and so fun! Right from the beginning with his eager response to my email inquiry and then our coffee shop visit to meet face to face for the first time, I was sold and knew he was a perfect fit for our most special day! And it truly was the Best Day Ever! He is genuine, humorous, and real! Every word he spoke was personal and heartfelt. Thank you Jay for making our day so special and memorable. We are so glad you chose you to be a part of it and wish we could do it again!! Every bride should choose you!
There are nice reviews, and then there are Home Run reviews. Way to hit a Grand Slam, Jennifer. What you said is what I want every bride to know. Thank you for capturing all of that in such kind words. LOVED being the elopement guy for you and Jim on that beautiful beach day. Hope to see you two around the hood. Your friend, Jay.
Absolutely Amazing in every way! After much research we chose Jay to officiate my in laws 50th vowel renewal ceremony. Rev Jay made us all very happy, He took the time to get to know The story of them & their 50 years of love & commitment. Our whole family was misty eyed & touched by the words Rev Jay shared! These blessed memories will never be forgotten!
It's the first time I ever teared up at a Vow Renewal ceremony as I watched all their grandchildren, children and spouses, start the event with individual flowers and special hugs. Thank you for trusting me to take care of them and your family. It was a great day, and I appreciate the very kind words Shelley. Ya'll come back to the Outer Banks when you can! Jay
Reverend jay was amazing. He made our wedding fun, special and personal. I love having him be a part of our special day.
Thank you, Meredith! So honored to have been your officiant. Fun!
Jay helped us plan a SURPRISE vow renewal for our parents right on the beach! He was great in helping me plan and aided me in the process. My parents are still talking about just how comfortable he made them feel. The ceremony was perfectly executed and Jay was so incredibly quick to learn all of our names (6 siblings) in just a few short minutes. My stepdad even said "you would have thought he's known us our entire lives". I would absolutely recommend him and if any situation arises in the future he would be the first person I would call!
Thank you, Kayla. How fun was that with all your brothers and sisters there to enjoy the moment. Your folks rolled with the surprise and it was an unbelievably beautiful morning on the beach. Yay! Mission Accomplished! Your friend, Jay.
Jay did a phenomenal job with our wedding. Personalized the ceremony perfectly and kept it all about the life-changing vows we took. He has incredible personality and can connect with everyone. Beyond blessed we had such an amazing pastor to walk us through the day
That means a lot to me, Bella. So very glad you were so pleased with how everything unfolded. You and Matt have so much to look forward to. Like I said, we need some really good lawyers out there. :) Blessings in all you do. Both of you! It was my honor. Your friend, Jay
Rev Jay was perfect! He was able to incorporate different aspects of our wedding ideas into a ceremony that was truly beautiful. Our peanut butter and jelly sandwich unity theme was a success that the guests kept talking about days after the ceremony. Rev Jay led us though the entire marriage process without any issues. We had several questions and he was happy to answer all of them. We are blessed to have Rev Jay as our officiant for our wedding!
Thanks so much Pete. You and Brenda are truly awesome people and made taking care of you on your wedding day such a joy. Seriously a wedding I'll never forget (on many PB&J/T-Rex levels). Thank you for letting me fly and get-r-done! Hope to see you two again someday. Your friend, Jay.
There aren't enough words to describe how amazing Jay is! He helped make not just our ceremony, but our entire wedding day absolutely perfect! I would choose Jay over and over again if I could- you won't be disappointed!!!
Thank you Heather. You and Jordan were awesome, as well as your whole wedding party and guests. What an amazing evening at the Festival Park. Can't wait to see the photos. Come be my neighbor on the Outer Banks!
Your friend, Jay
Jay did an amazing job on our ceremony. It was touching, emotional, humorous, and a once in a lifetime kind of experience. We would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of his services. You wont be sorry you did.
Thank you Julie! Means so much to me that you and Nick trusted me with such a huge moment in your lives there in the dunes of the 4x4. So awesome. So real! Such a pleasure, too. Hope to see you around the beach sometime. All my very best to you both. Your friend, Jay
Jay was great! He was such an ease to work with, and made a stressful time calm and inviting! All of my wedding guests complimented on how energetic and fun he was. I would recommend him a million times over!
Awesome! And I wish you a million blessings during your fun journey ahead together. Thank you!!!!! All my best, Jay
Rev Jay Bowman made my wedding ceremony come to life with love and laughter. He was a joy to have marry us. Chris and I, will always remember our beach wedding ceremony thanks to Jay. He really made it special and sincere and everyone at the wedding told me how much they enjoyed all of the wonderful things he had to say during the ceremony. It was perfect to a T to the way we wanted to get married. Couldn't have asked for a better ceremony on the beach and Jay made it even more special. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much, Heather! Loved being your officiant and standing with you and Chris on such a huge day in your lives. Awesome! Take good care of each other. All my best, Jay
Jay gave us an amazing ceremony! Not only was he able to make our vows we selected flow and sound great, my guests also couldn't stop raving about how good he was. He also made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process - highly recommend!!
It was an epic day in Nags Head!!! Thank you for trusting me with that moment. You and Jake made me feel like a part of the family and were so appreciative. Means a lot to me that you took the time to write such a nice review. Take good care of each other! (I know you will!). Big beach hugs, Jay
Rev. Jay Bowman was absolutely great! We could not have asked for a better officiant! He was great the beginning with collecting information about me and my husband, and really making sure that he was personalizing our ceremony. He arrived to the site, and made me feel at ease before the wedding. He kept the crowd engaged, and interested, and even including some of what we wrote about our love story in the ceremony. I have heard nothing but raves about how great he was from all of my family and friends. He also filed all of our paperwork in a timely manner, and really just made us feel at ease about the whole process. I would recommend Jay to everyone! SO personable, and professional!
What a great review, Kacey! Thank you so much for taking the time to do it. You and BJ were so good to me and made me feel a part of the family. You both leaned into the hurdles of the day and made it awesome. So honored to have been your officiant. All my best!!! Jay
Jay was awesome!! He brought so much love and enthusiasm to our special day. All of our guests were raving about the ceremony!!!
Thank you, Hannah. I knew from the start that you and Nick were going to totally get lost in the moment and really enjoy it. Thank you for letting me be a part of your team. Hope to see you again someday on the Outer Banks. Your friend, Jay
Rev. Jay was the best choice we made when deciding on an officiant and thanks to him he not only fulfilled that role but he made it perfect! I can't thank him enough for making us both feel relaxed and calm allowing us to really enjoy the moment. He was amazing, personable, genuine and really understood "us". We received rave reviews from our family and friends that thought maybe he was actually part of the family somehow. Outstanding and we highly recommend!!!
Thanks for the cool review, Rob. So glad you and Mandy had a beautiful day to celebrate, and loved the energy of your family and friends there. First class friends and family, and that speaks highly of who the two of you are. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on Wedding Wire. Your thoughts might help a couple know that I genuinely care how this all happens. Huge day in your life; thank you for trusting me with part of it. All my best. Your friend, Jay
Rev. Jay Bowman was very personable and professional. His presentation of the ceremony was moving and memorable. We are so happy that Rev. Jay was able to share a special and intimate moment with us and family.
Thank you, Mariah. You and William have a wonderful journey ahead and I'm honored to have been a part of the beginning of it with you. Powerful wind. Powerful promise! Big beach hugs, Jay
Jay is absolutely amazing! We talked several times via email and were finally able to meet in person a couple days before the wedding. He took plenty of time offering guidance in building the ceremony while also getting to know us - we did not feel rushed at all. His calm, professional manner helped to make us feel very comfortable. He offered us his cell phone number and responded quickly to any questions/additions/changes we requested for the ceremony. All of this was great leading up to our big day! The day of offered some challenging conditions (heavy winds) but Jay handled it with such ease! He was able to project his voice so all the guests could hear the ceremony. During the reception everyone was raving about the ceremony and swore he had known us for years!! He brought our fun loving and adventurous personality as a couple to the ceremony in a way we never could have imagined. Thank you Jay - everything was perfect!
XO Jillian and Matt
I will NEVER forget your wedding! That was the strongest sustained wind during a ceremony I've ever experienced in all these years. Powerful, just like your Promise! Loved being there with you on Jennette's Pier, seeing all those happy guest faces, in spite of the wind. The voice that carries sure came in handy that day. Your review was well thought out and helpful for future brides and grooms. Thank you so much for that. Sure hope to see you around the beach sometime. All my best. Your friend, Jay