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Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

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2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$550 Typical Price

Rev. Dr. Samora Smith, D. Min. of Common Ground Ceremonies is a highly-acclaimed and award-winning wedding officiant, interfaith minister, and pre-marital counselor based in New York City. She brings more than 10 years of experience as an officiant and has united more than 1,500 couples of all faiths and backgrounds. A native New Yorker, Rev. Dr. Samora comes from a multi-faith and multi-racial household which naturally gives her the compassion and sensitivity needed when working with couples of ALL backgrounds and beliefs. Rev. Dr. Samora's ceremonies are always couple-centered, love-filled, and most importantly inclusive, guaranteeing a lasting impression upon you and all who are present.

Services Offered

Common Ground Ceremonies perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the individual styles and tastes of each couple. Rev. Dr. 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 and Reiki practitioner specializing in supporting individuals and couples with marriage prep, relationship skills, and individual growth. Rev. Dr. 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, and fulfilling marriage.

Beginning this year, Rev. Dr. Samora has invited her dear friend, mentee, and now colleague Antonio Rodriguez, a Spanish-Speaking and bilingual officiant to join the Common Ground Ceremonies family. Antonio has been performing many ceremonies with them over the past couple of years, and we are grateful to have him be a part of the team. If you are interested in hiring him for your ceremony, please send us an inquiry.

  • Black-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$550

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$350

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$250

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$175

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union
Single Religion

What services do you provide?

Allow Couples' Own Vows
Licensed
Premarital Counseling
Bilingual

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jainism
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Shinto
Sikhism
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CT
NJ
NY

What languages do you speak?

English

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    Rev Samora was a pleasure to work with. She made our Wedding Day very special. She was so kind and sweet in helping us prepare for our special day. We live in Georgia and did all the preparations via phone and emails with her and she made it so simple for us. She always gave us so much great advice that we never once had any concerns about our Wedding Day. I would highly recommend her to anyone planning a ceremony. She made our Wedding Day so special, that we are so thankful to of had her celebrate it with us. We just want to say, Thank You Rev. Samora for celebrating our Wedding with us and making it very memorable.

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    Excellent service

    Rev. Samora performed a beautiful, personal, and heartwarming marriage ceremony for us in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the remote nature, it felt every bit as intimate as a traditional wedding ceremony thanks to her.

    Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies's reply:

    It was so great to officiate your ceremony today. Congratulations again and thank you for leaving such a great review.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner

Team

Antonio Rodriguez
Antonio Rodriguez
Spanish-speaking & Bilingual Officiant

Antonio Rodriguez is a proud native New Yorker and a recent NJ transplant. Antonio began officiating when a close friend asked him to perform her wedding in 2015. Being the incredible romantic he is, Antonio was honored and what he believed to be a "one-off" event, has now become a passion. Rev. Dr. Samora met Antonio when he approached her to "show him the ropes" before he did his first wedding. They have since become great friends and now colleagues. Antonio specializes in bilingual ceremonies and is fluent in Spanish. He also believes that "love is love" and celebrates all couples right to marry who they love. We are proud to have him part of the Common Ground family.

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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!

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