Rev. Samora Smith of Common Ground Ceremonies is a highly-acclaimed and award-winning wedding officiant and pre-marital counselor based in New York City. Rev. Samora brings more than 9 years of experience as an officiant and has united more than 1,000 couples of all faiths and backgrounds. She was raised in a multi-faith and multi-racial family which naturally gives her the compassion and sensitivity when working with couples of unique backgrounds and beliefs. All of her ceremonies are couple centered, love-filled and inclusive, always leaving a lasting impression upon you and your guests.
Common Ground Ceremonies perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the individual styles and tastes of each couple. Rev. Samora performs a wide spectrum of ceremonies including non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, interfaith ceremonies, LGBTQ weddings, vow renewals, and baby namings. She is also a licensed NLP/Hypnotherapist specializing in marriage preparation and relationship skills building. Rev. Samora understands the importance of seamless service, offering support to each couple beyond the wedding, not only ensuring a wonderful wedding, but also a successful marriage.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Nicole · Married on 05/03/2017
My wife and I found Samora on the Knot. We loved her video and how she expressed herself. We knew she would be a match for us and immediately scheduled a meeting. From the moment we sat down with her, we could see her sweet personality. We chatted a bit and she made us feel comfortable. Conversation came easy with her because of her warm and open spirit. We asked her to work with us on the spot.Sent on 09/25/2017
In order to better know us and our history, she sent each of us a questionnaire to fill out without seeing each others answers. In a couple days, Samora sent us a beautifully written ceremony for our review. She offered to edit it but it was so beautiful and perfectly written that we left it as is. She really captured the true essence of our story, quirks and emotions. We teared when we first read it and every time we see our video.
The day of our wedding, she arrived early, ready and looking professional. She delivered a beautiful ceremony that brought us and our guest to tears. Her timing was perfect, not too long, not too short. We were beyond happy with Samora and are so glad we found her. Now that all is past, we don’t know we could have had a more perfect ceremony. She definitely set the tone for our meaningful day.
Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies's reply:I am honored to have met you and that you asked me to be part of such an incredible moment in your journey! Thank you again for choosing me!
Alana · Married on 08/24/2019
Wonderful and amazing
I would like to thank Rev samora for doing such an amazing job at my wedding. She was on time and did an amazing wonderful job st the ceremony. I recommend her 100%Sent on 09/07/2019
Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies's reply:Thank you, Alana!! I am so honored to have been a part of your special day. Wishing you all the happiness in your marriage.
Kelly Thorley · Married on 07/03/2019
Our own real life angel!
We could not have been more honoured or privileged to have Rev Samora officiate our marriage. She made the whole experience seamless and she absorbed every last minute request we had and made our ceremony perfect.Sent on 09/12/2019
We had an elopement Ceremony and when we met totally put us individually at ease.
We had lots of previous correspondence, but no actual meeting until the day. When we met it was like we were old friends, she put us at ease that much.
Our special day was made even more amazing by Rev Samora, it could not have been more perfect.
I look at my wedding ring and have an overwhelming feeling of love and gratefulness for my now husband. I can not imagine one second of my life without him. He is my love, my family and as per our vows ..... my home.
Rev Samora made this a reality, and with her additional very touching, beautiful words, made this not only extra special, but extremely heartfelt.
A huge Thank you to Rev Samora for this, please don’t stop what you do, you keep it real for everyone of us ... you are amazing!
Rev Samora will have a special place in our special day and a special place in our hearts.
We will always have huge love, gratitude and amazing memories of Rev Samora and our special day .....
Thank You x
Rev. Samora comes to your wedding day with a wealth of experience--as a musician, as a mother, as a minister. Her warm smile & candid conversation will immediately put you at ease. You can trust her to listen closely to your wedding requests, offer you experienced advice, and be there for you every minute of your ceremony to support you, honor you, and bring out the best in you! I am happy to recommend her as a friend & colleague, and encourage you to ask her to SING at your wedding!