About Us

Captain Ray Goad, the founder of Married by a Sea Captain, is a current U.S. Merchant Marine Ship Captain, and an Ordained Minister with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.

"I am a comfortable, laid back, happy person with a good sense of humor. I don’t take myself too seriously. I have enjoyed a successful professional career, and now I am semi-retired, and just enjoying life on the waters and with the people from all walks of life in South Florida. received my undergraduate degree while attending Wake Forest University; and my law degree from The University of North Carolina School of Law. For more than fourteen years I was in-house Legal Counsel for Westin Hotel Company and culminated with my serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Westin Hotel Company.

My U.S. Coast Guard Master License is documented with more than 1800 days of logged sea time, totaling more than five years of actual onboard experience.

My background and experience provide me with the ability to work with you to make your Wedding not only as you have always imagined it, but also making it a unique and memorable experience for those celebrating with you. 

I work with you to create just the feeling you are looking for, with vows that are personal and meaningful to both of you. I will follow any religious, secular, traditional or personal ceremonial practices following your preferences and directions. My objective is to provide you, the bride and groom, with a ceremony you have always imagined."

I am Looking forward to meeting you both,

Captain Ray

Features

Ceremony Options
Ceremony PersonalizationCivil UnionsCommitment Ceremonies
Languages Spoken
English
Officiant Services
Civil UnionsCommitment CeremoniesWedding Ceremony
Religious Denomination Supported
InterfaithNon-ReligiousOther Religious Denomination

Reviews

mywedding.com

My wife and I knew from the moment we meet Captain Ray that he was the right person to perform our wedding. Captain Ray took time to get to know us and created the most perfect ceremony anyone could have asked for. He held our hand every step of the process and helped us stay focused despite all of the craziness that was going on. He was incredible to work with. In addition, Captain Ray was extremely detailed, asked all of the appropriate questions and most importantly listened to our desires for our ceremony. Captain Rays calming demeanor helped calm my last minute wedding jitters and kept the environment light with laughter. Im not sure that Captain would admit to this but he was so vested in our wedding that he even had tears in his eyes by the time our ceremony ended (Sorry Capt!). Had we need to plan our wedding all over again, you better believe we would be working with him. I highly recommend Captain Ray to my friends or family!

Matthew
Aug 30, 2016

Thanks, Matthew. The Mar-a-Lago Estate on Palm Beach was a storybook setting for a bridal party that looked like it had just stepped off the pages of Vanity Fair.

Married By A Sea Captain
Aug 30, 2016
mywedding.com

Five stars!!!! Captain Ray is eloquent, professional, charming, personable, easy to work with and not to mention ... Handsome! We absolutely loved him and highly recommend him!!! We had our ceremony and reception at a yacht club. But we recommend him for ANY venue.

Christina
Aug 24, 2016

What a historic setting, Florida's oldest yacht club on Biscayne Bay, with the beautiful couple from the top of the wedding cake, on a gorgeous Moon over Miami night to be remembered!

Married By A Sea Captain
Aug 30, 2016
mywedding.com

Captain Ray was amazing! He guided us through the process and made us feel very comfortable with our ceremony plans. My husband and I didn't have to worry about a thing! We actually recommended Captain Ray to another couple who had their planned officiant cancel on them just a few days before the wedding. Captain Ray stepped right in and made sure everything was as they wanted and ready to go. He is a true professional. We would HIGHLY recommend Captain Ray as a wedding officiant.

Meegan
Aug 24, 2016

Meegan, kind words, and the ultimate compliment, introducing me to Sean and Valentine. Loved your wedding on the beach at Boca Raton's South Inlet Park facing the beautiful sunrise!

Married By A Sea Captain
Sep 01, 2016
mywedding.com

I wish I could give Captain Ray 10 stars for flexibility. Our original officiant cancelled 3 days before our Wedding. My husband found Captain Ray and in 2 days he wrote us a beautiful, personalized script. He made the day so much more special, and I'm so glad we found him. Thanks, Captain Ray!

Debbie
Sep 01, 2016

Dear Debbie, thank you for such sweet sentiments. Thank you also for teaching me the words from your ceremony: "When you fall in love with someone romantically, it does not change in any way the love that you have for your family, children, and grandchildren. That love remains just a sure and pure as it has ever been, and as it will forever stay." 

Married By A Sea Captain
Sep 01, 2016
mywedding.com

Captain Ray did an outstanding job officiating my wedding. He is friendly, kind and truly cares about the experience. Captain made sure to have a few phone calls with my husband and I before the big day to perfect what he was going to say.

Colleen
Aug 30, 2016
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Such a delight! I told him a few things that were important to us and with just a few words from me he wrote the perfect ceremony! There were tears and laughs. Everyone loved him! -Joe and Laura Martinez

Laura
Aug 30, 2016
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Captain Ray was very professional and extremely helpful in planning our wedding. I would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a wedding officiant.

Lesley
Aug 30, 2016
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Captain Ray perfected our ceremony to exactly what we wanted. His delivery, professionalism, and sincerity during the ceremony really stood out and made the whole experience so special. Captain Ray is truly a class act. It is obvious he takes these duties very seriously and with great pride & respect. I would recommend him time and time again. You absolutely can not go wrong with Captain Ray Goad!

John
Aug 29, 2016
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Captain Ray is such a gentleman. We came from New York, and had booked appointments with a few officiants. As soon as we met him he was our guy! Everyone asked us about him after the ceremony, and catered to how WE wanted our ceremony to go. Thank you Captain Ray- you made our day super special!

Monica
Aug 29, 2016
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We got married at the beach off of South Pointe Park in Miami and it was absolutely perfect. Captain Ray helped us choose the location and getting our marriage license went smoothly thanks to his helpful tips. He personalized our ceremony and made it very meaningful and special. We're very happy!

Christa
Aug 29, 2016
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Captain Ray did an amazing job at our ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, we added some last minute changes, and he incorporated them wonderfully!

Lauren
Aug 28, 2016
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Everything about our experience with Capt.Ray was exceptional! From the moment we first contacted him through the personalized ceremony, he went above and beyond in every way. Punctual, attentive, and he truly listened to what we wanted for this special day. Our partner and I have been together over 20 years and wanted a simple, small and casual wedding, and his emotional and touching ceremony was more than we expected. My partner (husband!) and I highly recommend him, he made our day!

Tim
Aug 27, 2016
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Captain Ray is top notch! We couldn't have made a better choice. What a pleasure it was having him help and be part of our most amazing day! We can't thank him enough! We had guests asking how we found him since he kept everyone interested in our whole ceremony. He comes highly recommended!!

Marlo
Aug 27, 2016
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My wife and I met on a boat 5 years ago. I knew we would get married after that first day. When we decided to have our wedding on our boat, we went searching for an officiant that fit our theme. Captain Ray, thank you so much for giving my wife and I such beautiful vows to say to each other. Our guests still compliment us on the ceremony, which was the perfect length and a delight for them to witness. I hope you get to marry many more couples and may they be as happy as we are. Blessings.

Frank
Aug 27, 2016
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Ray was one of the most professional people who was a part of my wedding. He always replied quickly to all of my emails and was super punctual. I would definitely recommend him to anyone having a wedding in South Florida.

Juan
Aug 26, 2016
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Captain Ray was wonderful! He made us feel very special on our ceremony. I would highly recommend him.

Cecile
Aug 25, 2016
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Ray was an absolute star that went beyond what we were expecting before the date and on the date. He made sure that he kept in touch and made sure we were thoroughly organized! In person he was charming and sweet, and he looked excellent in his sea suit! Our experience was authentic and we cannot sing his praises enough.

Loren
Aug 25, 2016
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Captain Ray is the way to go. More than pleasant and helpful. I emailed him the night before our ceremony to change our vows (10pm at night). With no problem he did and even helped me with some examples. I can't thank him enough for making our special day...perfect. He's very reasonable and professional. Very good with children and making it work. 100% satisfied!!

Mia
Aug 23, 2016
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I was privileged to meet Mr. Goad the way I did. I had inquired about ceremony details & have received valuable feedback from him. I work in a resort hotel that happened to be hosting a weeding he was officiating. What an honor it was to witness their beautiful day. I look forward to working with him in the future!! Sara W.

Sara
Aug 23, 2016
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I am so thankful for Captain Ray! He was very friendly in planning and easy to speak with. Also, due to an oversight with another vendor, we had a significant delay in the ceremony, and Captain Ray was very accommodating, patient, and understanding about the delay. Very delightful. I would highly recommend!

Jul 22, 2016
mywedding.com

I am so thankful for Captain Ray! He was very friendly in planning and easy to speak with. Also, due to an oversight with another vendor, we had a significant delay in the ceremony, and Captain Ray was very accommodating, patient, and understanding about the delay. Very delightful. I would highly recommend!

Jul 22, 2016