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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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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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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/2/2015
5.0/5.0
TO FUTURE COUPLES:

I wanted the perfect person to perform our ceremony and I found that in Rev Jay Bowman! You will not be disappointed in him. From the very beginning he made us feel like we were important. He took the time to talk to us and made us feel comfortable. I got to finally meet him on our rehearsal night, and he made my family feel right at home. He laughed with us and spent time talking to each and every person it seemed like. His flexibility and compassion was amazing on our wedding day. It rained an hour before and we weren’t sure the storms were going to hold off so we moved the wedding up in-between the storms and he was able to make it happen. On top of coming sooner, a family member of mine hit his car in the parking lot. He reacted as if it were no big deal and said that he would never forget our wedding because of that incident---which I found funny!! We were very impressed with him and my family was so happy that we found such a great person to be a part of our special day! Thank you Rev Jay Bowman---you will never be forgotten!!!!
TO FUTURE COUPLES:

I wanted the perfect person to perform our ceremony and I found that in Rev Jay Bowman! You Read more...
TO FUTURE COUPLES:

I wanted the perfect person to perform our ceremony and I found that in Rev Jay Bowman! You will not be disappointed in him. From the very beginning he made us feel like we were important. He took the time to talk to us and made us feel comfortable. I got to finally meet him on our rehearsal night, and he made my family feel right at home. He laughed with us and spent time talking to each and every person it seemed like. His flexibility and compassion was amazing on our wedding day. It rained an hour before and we weren’t sure the storms were going to hold off so we moved the wedding up in-between the storms and he was able to make it happen. On top of coming sooner, a family member of mine hit his car in the parking lot. He reacted as if it were no big deal and said that he would never forget our wedding because of that incident---which I found funny!! We were very impressed with him and my family was so happy that we found such a great person to be a part of our special day! Thank you Rev Jay Bowman---you will never be forgotten!!!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved having Jay as our officiant. He was extremely organized and did an amazing job with the ceremony! We received so many compliments regarding our officiant and ceremony :)
We absolutely loved having Jay as our officiant. He was extremely organized and did an amazing job with the ceremony! We Read more...
We absolutely loved having Jay as our officiant. He was extremely organized and did an amazing job with the ceremony! We received so many compliments regarding our officiant and ceremony :) Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
4/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay could not have conducted a more beautiful wedding for my daughter and son-in-law on April 20, 2015 at Nag Head. His easiness and calm demeanor put all of us at ease and we knew what to expect on the wedding day. He has a unique approach to his style and EVERYONE commented on how wonderful he was. This was a day I and everyone at the wedding will remember forever!
Thank you Jay for a beautiful wedding!
Rev. Jay could not have conducted a more beautiful wedding for my daughter and son-in-law on April 20, 2015 at Nag Head. Read more...
Rev. Jay could not have conducted a more beautiful wedding for my daughter and son-in-law on April 20, 2015 at Nag Head. His easiness and calm demeanor put all of us at ease and we knew what to expect on the wedding day. He has a unique approach to his style and EVERYONE commented on how wonderful he was. This was a day I and everyone at the wedding will remember forever!
Thank you Jay for a beautiful wedding! Read less
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Haley
Wedding:
4/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Wow! This man is amazing. A 5 rating is not enough. There are no words to describe Jay and his passion for officiating weddings. I honestly feel like I have known him forever. My husband and I first saw Jay officiant a wedding of a friend. Once we got engaged (a week after that wedding), I told him that we had to have Jay officiant our wedding. He took so much time getting to know us as not only a couple, but as individual people. He was open for whatever we wanted in our ceremony, he gave us his opinions, and he led us to create an amazing ceremony. We are so grateful to have shared that day with Jay. He will forever feel like a part of our family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!
Wow! This man is amazing. A 5 rating is not enough. There are no words to describe Jay and his passion for officiating Read more...
Wow! This man is amazing. A 5 rating is not enough. There are no words to describe Jay and his passion for officiating weddings. I honestly feel like I have known him forever. My husband and I first saw Jay officiant a wedding of a friend. Once we got engaged (a week after that wedding), I told him that we had to have Jay officiant our wedding. He took so much time getting to know us as not only a couple, but as individual people. He was open for whatever we wanted in our ceremony, he gave us his opinions, and he led us to create an amazing ceremony. We are so grateful to have shared that day with Jay. He will forever feel like a part of our family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay is amazing! He instantly made us feel as though we had been life long friends. That he had been there for every step our mine and my now husbands relationship; Which was a feat because we had never seen each other until about 30 minutes before our ceremony took place. It was meant to take place inside my parents house in North Swan Beach, but at last minute due to amazing weather we decided to have it on a dune near the Washington Woods Life Saving Station.
Thank you Rev. Jay for giving us such great memories with your lovely and personalised service!
Rev. Jay is amazing! He instantly made us feel as though we had been life long friends. That he had been there for every Read more...
Rev. Jay is amazing! He instantly made us feel as though we had been life long friends. That he had been there for every step our mine and my now husbands relationship; Which was a feat because we had never seen each other until about 30 minutes before our ceremony took place. It was meant to take place inside my parents house in North Swan Beach, but at last minute due to amazing weather we decided to have it on a dune near the Washington Woods Life Saving Station.
Thank you Rev. Jay for giving us such great memories with your lovely and personalised service! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you, R & C!!!!! It was a great new year's day on the dunes I won't forget. "True Love!" So awesome to think back to your face when we started. Sure do appreciate the very kind review. Hope the event across the pond went well! Blessings!
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Frances
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We are so blessed that Jay Bowman was available for our wedding. The ceremony is such a meaningful part of the day and you want to entrust someone special to tie everything together by captivating an important moment in your life. Jay represents the laid-back vibe and relaxed bliss of the Outer Banks. He made our day so memorable and truly conveyed the spirit of the islands to our guests. Our family and friends loved his service and we will always feel so lucky and thankful for him! We highly recommend Jay and we hope that he will continue to bless others with his presence!
We are so blessed that Jay Bowman was available for our wedding. The ceremony is such a meaningful part of the day and you Read more...
We are so blessed that Jay Bowman was available for our wedding. The ceremony is such a meaningful part of the day and you want to entrust someone special to tie everything together by captivating an important moment in your life. Jay represents the laid-back vibe and relaxed bliss of the Outer Banks. He made our day so memorable and truly conveyed the spirit of the islands to our guests. Our family and friends loved his service and we will always feel so lucky and thankful for him! We highly recommend Jay and we hope that he will continue to bless others with his presence! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Frances, loved your words. So glad you were able to convey things I hope all my brides experience. You're special. Thank you so very much. Jay
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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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