Gwen Taylor, MSW, JDMy name is Gwen Taylor and I would be honored to be the officiant/ordained minister for your Outer Banks wedding. I would be delighted to talk with you in person, by phone, or by email about your special celebration at no charge to learn what is important to you and what type of ceremony will be most meaningful for you.


Marriage, renewal, LGBTQ and other life events – may be religious, spiritual, civil, standard, customized, multicultural, and at any place of your choosing from Manteo to Corolla. A booklet with many choices is available upon request.

Background and Experience

Since 2003, more than 1000 ceremonies in Virginia and North Carolina and each has been different, special and enjoyable! My background is quite broad in terms of the different parts of the country – and others – in which I have lived and my vocations – wife, mother, lawyer, clinical social worker, volunteer, and artist – which I believe adds to my understanding and creativity.

Religious/Spiritual Tradition

As a Unitarian-Universalist, I affirm each person’s right to determine what is religious for him or her, and I celebrate all religions and traditions in which people can exist in dignity and harmony.


Standard ceremony $275
Standard ceremony with rehearsal $400
Customized ceremony with booklet/copy of service $375
Customized service with rehearsal $500
Elopement (my home or my beach in Duck) $150
Extra fee south of Oregon Inlet


Keyboard or accordion or ensemble available through my husband, Robert Jacobs, who is a professional musician.


“What you said about the union of two people was very meaningful, not only for the bride and groom, but their family and friends.” – Linda Cochran

“You were able to say such beautiful things, as if you already knew us.” – Barb Shipman

“Your words were spoken with eloquence and deep meaning.” – Dan and Sue Knoff

“John and I want to thank you for such a beautiful ceremony today. Everyone commented on [how beautiful the service was].” – Mary Ann Cascio

“We loved everything you said. The music was perfect and exactly what we wanted.” – Brad and Liz Seabridge