To @MsMarty: I found this on-line for Kentucky (well for Jefferson County anyhow):
Solemnization of Marriage:
1. Marriages shall be solemnized only by clergy, justices and judges of the Court of Justice; retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice, except those removed for cause or convicted of a felony; county judge/executives; such justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes, and certain religious societies.
2. At least two persons, in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage, must be present at every marriage.
3. There are no residency requirements or licensing requirements applicable to ministers or priests who wish to perform marriages in Kentucky.
4. A minister or priest, all justices and judges of the Court of Justice, justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners may perform marriages anywhere in Kentucky.
Prohibited and Restricted Marriages:
5. Marriages not solemnized or contracted in the presence of an authorized person or society.
Are you sure, that your Friend cannot legally marry you if they are legally ordained… as it doesn’t look like Kentuck REQUIRE that the Officiant be licensed / registered by the State (like some States do) just that they be an actual minister (see Point # 3)
That certainly is HOW I READ IT
Otherwise as you say, maybe your Friend can marry you and it can be witnessed by someone in authority (see Point # 5)…
READS To Me that the Authorized Person (say it was a JOP) need only be present to witness the event.
I strongly suggest that you call the County Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse for verification… then you’ll know for sure.
(PS, it says elsewhere in the Documentation, that you can obtain a Marriage License in any County in Kentucky, and use it anywhere within the State to marry, if that should make a difference to you)
Hope this helps,