Member Feature | Rev. Jay Bowman
With decades of experience in the church under his belt, Rev. Jay Bowman is now in his 18th year of officiating weddings here on the Outer Banks! His charismatic and positive personality creates such a fun & easy-going atmosphere for the weddings he performs that you and your guests will treasure far past the day you say, "I do." Learn more about Jay at revjay.com or on his Instagram: @revjaybowman.
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How long have you been involved in weddings on the Outer Banks?
I'm in my 18th year of celebrating couples here on the Outer Banks. It's been a great ride!
What makes the Outer Banks unique and special to you?
There's always been an Outer Banks mystique that is hard to put into words, unlike most any other place on the Eastern seaboard. It's not a concrete lined beach with high rises, but rather dunes, houses, horses, and in many places, just untouched beauty.
Do you have any advice for a couple booking your services?
Book your team as early as you possibly can in order to get the vendors who fit you the best. A year or more is actually a good idea, but that is not an option for lots of couples, so do what you can, and try to be flexible with the date and time.
What trends are you most excited to see in upcoming weddings?
I totally enjoy the big weddings and everything in-between, but the new trend I'm noticing is a lot more true elopements. Intimate, romantic, and totally embraced by the couple being married.
What makes Rev. Jay Bowman different from other officiants on the Outer Banks?
Probably not for me to say since I don't see other officiants in action. Besides over 850 reviews on WeddingWire from happy couples, I think this question would be best answered by the local wedding vendors who have teamed with me over the many years (especially Planners and Photographers). I just know that I love my job, and I bring my very best every time.
What’s the latest with Rev. Jay Bowman?
I've been working on a project called the 'Wedding Officiant Coach' with a close friend for quite a while, but it got put on hold with the crazy events of 2020.
What do you think are the benefits or smaller micro-weddings and elopements?
There are quite a few, but maybe the most important one is that couples who choose this option seem to be very much 'in the moment'. And of course, I love that! Other benefits are all enhanced because of the 'flexibility' that you have when it's a micro-wedding or a true elopement of just two. I believe it's really going to grow over the next 2 or 3 years.