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Rev. Jay Bowman

Kitty Hawk , NC
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Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 US (map)

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252-216-6676

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ABOUT US

My title is ‘Reverend’
but I would much rather you just call me “Jay”.

I am a seminary ordained minister who semi-retired seven years ago after 24 years of a full time... Read more
My title is ‘Reverend’
but I would much rather you just call me “Jay”.

I am a seminary ordained minister who semi-retired seven years ago after 24 years of a full time career in the local church.

Now I have the great honor of serving as a full time wedding officiant for couples and families in one of the most important and happy windows of their lives; their wedding day here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s who I am; It’s what I do; and I love it!

I have lived in some beautiful places (Florida, Colorado), but doing life here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is going to be hard to beat. I feel soooooo blessed to be living the dream here on this big sandbar. It’s just flat out awesome.

Feel free to call 252-216-6676 or email me jay@yourOBXwedding.com with any questions and thoughts you may have about your special day.


My Professional Background

My professional background includes undergrad studies at Asbury College in Kentucky, and then seminary work at NorthPark Theological Seminary in Chicago: my ordination credentials are through a small, but solid denomination with Swedish Lutheran roots.

The weddings I perform are all non-denominational, and I’m very sensitive to the needs of each couple as to how spiritual or non-spiritual they want their ceremony to be. It’s always an honor, and I hope to be serving you.

Personal Interests: Marathons, Spartan Races, Outer Banks Bootcamps, The Beach, Denver Broncos, Hanging with family and friends, Adventures, Chainsaw Art. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

REVIEWS

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Private User
Wedding:
6/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Jay was so cool to work with, he made you feel so comfortable. The best thing about him is he dosn't need a mic to have all your guest hear him, he speaks from his heart and loud and clear!
He was on time and made my guest laugh and tear up!
Thank you Jay!
Jay was so cool to work with, he made you feel so comfortable. The best thing about him is he dosn't need a mic to have Read more...
Jay was so cool to work with, he made you feel so comfortable. The best thing about him is he dosn't need a mic to have all your guest hear him, he speaks from his heart and loud and clear!
He was on time and made my guest laugh and tear up!
Thank you Jay! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay Bowman is the absolute best officiant I have ever witnessed in my life. Our ceremony was stunning, shocking, and beautiful, all because of Rev. Jay. He is amazing at his job and you can tell that he loves what he does. My whole family was so impressed with his personality, outlook, and service, that they kept asking me where/how I found him! I cannot say enough good things about him and will forever cherish what he did for us! If you or anyone you know are planning a wedding in the OBX area, Rev. Jay Bowman should be your ONLY option. But, step in line, because he is very popular, and rightfully so! Make sure to book him early, he is worth it! Thank you Rev. Jay for making our day spectacular, we are forever grateful!!
Rev. Jay Bowman is the absolute best officiant I have ever witnessed in my life. Our ceremony was stunning, shocking, and Read more...
Rev. Jay Bowman is the absolute best officiant I have ever witnessed in my life. Our ceremony was stunning, shocking, and beautiful, all because of Rev. Jay. He is amazing at his job and you can tell that he loves what he does. My whole family was so impressed with his personality, outlook, and service, that they kept asking me where/how I found him! I cannot say enough good things about him and will forever cherish what he did for us! If you or anyone you know are planning a wedding in the OBX area, Rev. Jay Bowman should be your ONLY option. But, step in line, because he is very popular, and rightfully so! Make sure to book him early, he is worth it! Thank you Rev. Jay for making our day spectacular, we are forever grateful!! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Wow, Danielle, that's about as glowing as I've ever received, and I greatly appreciate it. I really do. And you're right...I absolutely Love what I do. May your journey be everything and more. Big hugs, Jay.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jay is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He made our wedding day what it should be, a celebration of us. By the end of the ceremony our families and friends were raving about how our wedding was the best ceremony they had ever been to (including some of theirs). My uncle even told me he never pays attention during weddings, but Rev. Jay was so engaging that "if he would have told us all to jump in the ocean, we would have."

Throughout the whole wedding process Jay put our minds at ease. He was willing to meet with us on multiple occasions to smooth out details and talk about our preferences. He had the whole ceremony outlined and even suggested a couple of readings and the sand ceremony which was really special for a beach wedding.

For anyone getting married in the Outer Banks, Rev. Jay is the only one you should ask to marry you.
Reverend Jay is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He made our wedding day what it should be, a celebration Read more...
Reverend Jay is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He made our wedding day what it should be, a celebration of us. By the end of the ceremony our families and friends were raving about how our wedding was the best ceremony they had ever been to (including some of theirs). My uncle even told me he never pays attention during weddings, but Rev. Jay was so engaging that "if he would have told us all to jump in the ocean, we would have."

Throughout the whole wedding process Jay put our minds at ease. He was willing to meet with us on multiple occasions to smooth out details and talk about our preferences. He had the whole ceremony outlined and even suggested a couple of readings and the sand ceremony which was really special for a beach wedding.

For anyone getting married in the Outer Banks, Rev. Jay is the only one you should ask to marry you. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Awesome review, Kirsten. Thank you so very much. And tell your Uncle that we'll have to incorporate his ocean jump into your 10th Anniversary vow renewal. :)
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Janet
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Jay was awesome. He was wonderful and encouraging with the rainy weather and we found the perfect gap in the weather for our big day. He was relaxed and humerous. Our families loved him.
Jay was awesome. He was wonderful and encouraging with the rainy weather and we found the perfect gap in the weather for Read more...
Jay was awesome. He was wonderful and encouraging with the rainy weather and we found the perfect gap in the weather for our big day. He was relaxed and humerous. Our families loved him. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

All we needed was a window in time....and there it was! You were so beautiful in that circle of family and friends. Congratulations!
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Annie
Wedding:
10/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev Jay, words cannot express how lucky and thankful we were to have you be a part of our perfect magical day! From the moment we met you in the coffee shop at Duck we knew it was meant to be to have you marry us! Everything went so smoothly, you made us feel so special and wonderful. Dont worry we will be taking you up on that offer to become your one neighbor one day!! Thanks again so much!!!
Rev Jay, words cannot express how lucky and thankful we were to have you be a part of our perfect magical day! From the Read more...
Rev Jay, words cannot express how lucky and thankful we were to have you be a part of our perfect magical day! From the moment we met you in the coffee shop at Duck we knew it was meant to be to have you marry us! Everything went so smoothly, you made us feel so special and wonderful. Dont worry we will be taking you up on that offer to become your one neighbor one day!! Thanks again so much!!! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Good, cause I think Stephen has a future in wedding arbors! :) It was a day I won't forget, and you're a couple that no one forgets. Thank you for the trust you put in me for such a huge life moment. Jay (oh, and give those two beautiful labs of yours a big hug for me).
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the honor of Rev. Jay Bowman perform our marriage ceremony at the Corolla Chapel on October 2, 2014. We had the pleasure of meeting Jay earlier in the Spring and as soon as we met him we felt like we had known him for years. He has a way about him to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Fortunately for us he was available the date of our wedding. We kept in contact with him throughout the year and the planning process. On the day of the wedding he greeted the groomsmen and right before I was ready to walk down the isle he came on to the shuttle that I was on, and even in his presence I had a sigh of relief. I knew we were in good hands.
He performed our ceremony above and beyond what we even expected. He made it our own and made all of our guests feel comfortable and included in the ceremony.
I truly can't explain what a warm and kind hearted person he is. He has a gift that is hard to find. We are blessed and honored that he was with us on the most important days of our lives.
My husband and I laughed because after my dress Rev. Jay Bowman seemed to be the most talked about at the wedding. Everyone loved him and wanted him in their own church!!
I hope many more other couples are as lucky as we were to have him with us on our wedding day!!!
Henry & Kelly Smith
We had the honor of Rev. Jay Bowman perform our marriage ceremony at the Corolla Chapel on October 2, 2014. We had the Read more...
We had the honor of Rev. Jay Bowman perform our marriage ceremony at the Corolla Chapel on October 2, 2014. We had the pleasure of meeting Jay earlier in the Spring and as soon as we met him we felt like we had known him for years. He has a way about him to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Fortunately for us he was available the date of our wedding. We kept in contact with him throughout the year and the planning process. On the day of the wedding he greeted the groomsmen and right before I was ready to walk down the isle he came on to the shuttle that I was on, and even in his presence I had a sigh of relief. I knew we were in good hands.
He performed our ceremony above and beyond what we even expected. He made it our own and made all of our guests feel comfortable and included in the ceremony.
I truly can't explain what a warm and kind hearted person he is. He has a gift that is hard to find. We are blessed and honored that he was with us on the most important days of our lives.
My husband and I laughed because after my dress Rev. Jay Bowman seemed to be the most talked about at the wedding. Everyone loved him and wanted him in their own church!!
I hope many more other couples are as lucky as we were to have him with us on our wedding day!!!
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

There truly is something special about the you and Dusty (I mean, Henry!). I meant every word at the wedding. We were a good team. I couldn't ask for a more glowing review, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it. You captured it, Kelly. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Look forward to seeing you both again someday (as my neighbors on the Outer Banks!). Jay
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Oleksii
Wedding:
10/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Great experience! Jay made our big day unforgettable!
Great experience! Jay made our big day unforgettable!
Great experience! Jay made our big day unforgettable! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Amazing day in the 4x4 beaches. Congratulations, Nataliya and Oleksii. Thank you for the honor of standing with you on your wedding day.
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Tiffany & Jason
Wedding:
10/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for anyone better to officiate our wedding. Rev Jay was absolutely awesome! If you are getting married on the Outer Banks you should not think twice about choosing Jay. We planned the whole ceremony online through emails and it was easy, Jay responded quickly to our emails. The day of the wedding he put everyone at easy and made the ceremony not only beautiful, but fun as well! Thank you Jay for making our day unforgettable we wish we could re-live this day over and over.
We could not have asked for anyone better to officiate our wedding. Rev Jay was absolutely awesome! If you are getting Read more...
We could not have asked for anyone better to officiate our wedding. Rev Jay was absolutely awesome! If you are getting married on the Outer Banks you should not think twice about choosing Jay. We planned the whole ceremony online through emails and it was easy, Jay responded quickly to our emails. The day of the wedding he put everyone at easy and made the ceremony not only beautiful, but fun as well! Thank you Jay for making our day unforgettable we wish we could re-live this day over and over. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Truly an honor to be trusted with such a huge moment in your lives. Thank you so much for the very kind words. Have a wonderful First Christmas as husband and wife! :)
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Aimee
Wedding:
10/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Jay was my favorite vendor to work with for our wedding. My guests were ranting and raving over how awesome our ceremony was and it couldn't have been possible without him. Many people were surprised to hear that we hadn't met with him prior to the ceremony & that it seemed like he knew us for ages. He personalized the ceremony perfectly and made it so "us". We are still having guests comment on how perfect the ceremony was and how much they loved Jay.
Jay was my favorite vendor to work with for our wedding. My guests were ranting and raving over how awesome our ceremony Read more...
Jay was my favorite vendor to work with for our wedding. My guests were ranting and raving over how awesome our ceremony was and it couldn't have been possible without him. Many people were surprised to hear that we hadn't met with him prior to the ceremony & that it seemed like he knew us for ages. He personalized the ceremony perfectly and made it so "us". We are still having guests comment on how perfect the ceremony was and how much they loved Jay. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Aimee. You and Rob make the most of this great opportunity you have at life together. Many blessings, Jay.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wedding day was absolutely wonderful thanks to Jay! He made my family feel so special and so calm! We were so lucky to have him preform the wedding. As nervous and stressful as a time like that can be, he changed the mood very quickly and I so appreciate it. The day would not have been the same without him.
My wedding day was absolutely wonderful thanks to Jay! He made my family feel so special and so calm! We were so lucky to Read more...
My wedding day was absolutely wonderful thanks to Jay! He made my family feel so special and so calm! We were so lucky to have him preform the wedding. As nervous and stressful as a time like that can be, he changed the mood very quickly and I so appreciate it. The day would not have been the same without him. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

...and I was lucky to have been chosen. Blessings!!!!!

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