Entries by JayBowman

Real Wedding: The True Story

It was a very warm June afternoon on the Corolla beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Not super hot, just a nice touch of summer. Chelsea, Ethan, and their one year old son Lincoln, had made the trip from Pennsylvania to get married with their toes in the sand. Destination weddings can be […]


My close friend (nuthead), Rich Coleman, started this thing a couple years ago called #revjayselfie. I barely knew what those hashtag things were back then, but we’ve had fun with it and now it’s going to be BIG. Like National (well, maybe to the border of Virginia). I’m looking forward to getting a ton of […]

4 Keys To A Successful Wedding Show Experience

So you’re getting married and in the excitement you plan to attend a Wedding Show. Great idea, right? Well, yes, as long as you take a little time to prepare and make the most of the experience. I can’t tell you how many brides I’ve witnessed over the many years who walk the aisle’s of […]


A Pop-Up What? I had never heard of it, and that’s hard to believe since I live, eat, and breath the wedding world every day. My good friend, Wedding Planner, Amanda Buchanan, brought the Pop-Up Wedding to me and I said “Huh?”. Come to find out, Amanda is the front-running go-to Planner for this kind […]

Oorah Celebration

Missouri is a long way from the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly where Ashlee’s parents loaded the truck with chairs, food, and decorations for the long journey. It would be one of the biggest days in their family’s life. Destination: Kill Devil Hills. Maybe an appropriately named town to be married in for two Marine […]

Taking the Plunge … Seriously.

They knew right from the start! That’s exactly what Marley and Chad told me. They knew from the very beginning that ‘This Was It’. I love hearing stories like that. We all have a romantic side to us that wants to believe in that magical destiny that draws us to our soulmate. So, of course, […]


Last week I performed a wedding up in the 4×4 area north of Corolla. The only road up there is the sand on the beach! It’s very beautiful and famous for the horses that roam free up there on the beach. The wedding was about to start and a Sheriff rolls up just behind the ceremony arch, […]

Top 4 ‘TIME’ Tips For Your Beach Wedding

“Let’s see, what time do we want to have our wedding on the beach?” There are many factors that go into making this decision, and many of those factors land on personal preferences, but here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing a ‘time’ for an Outer Banks Wedding. Time of Year There […]

Why Not Have A Friend Perform My Wedding?

There is something warm at first when you think about having your friend or family member perform your wedding. They know you. They love you. But is it possible to still have a warm, comfortable, personalized ceremony without putting your friend in an unusual and unfamiliar position? You don’t get that moment back. Of course, […]