Rev. Samora of Common Ground Ceremonies is a dedicated and Award-Winning wedding officiant who brings 20 years of experience and knowledge working with couples of all faiths and backgrounds. She is a native New Yorker and was raised in a multi-faith, multicultural family with Jewish mother, Muslim father and Catholic stepfather. Her passion in working with diverse couples also derives from her upbringing which has given her a greater understanding and empathy for couples with many traditions and backgrounds to share. Her unique background also led Rev. Samora to enroll in The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies in New York City where she studied and became an ordained Interfaith Minister in 2008. Rev. Samora has married more than 900 happy couples over the past 8 years and brings a warmth and joy to every ceremony, leaving each couple and their guests with the feeling that they were just married by one of their closest friends.
Common Ground Ceremonies performs modern, personalized ceremonies that are "couple centered" and can range from interfaith weddings, non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, LGBTQIA weddings, and vow renewals. The Wedding ceremony can include all types of cultural and religious/nonreligious elements such as butterfly releases, broom jumping and hand-fasting ritual for example. Common Ground Ceremonies offers several wedding packages to suit your needs and budget, from simple elopement in Central Park to a custom wedding ceremony and rehearsal dinner at a venue of your choosing.
Common Ground Ceremonies helps to make your big day as seamless as possible. In addition to wedding ceremony services, Common Ground Ceremonies also offers the following elopement packages which can include:
Rev. Samora is also a licensed NLP Practitioner, Certified Life/Relationship Coach, and Board-Ceritified Hypnotherapist. She offers individualized sessions to support you with marriage preparation and relieving any wedding planning stresses that may arise. These therapies are life-changing and can equip each couple with the tools for a successful marriage.
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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.
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Vicky · Married on 09/05/2018
We arranged our elopement wedding in Central Park, NYC from the UK. Researching for an officiant we came across Common Ground Ceremonies, after watching the video clips and looking through reviews and photos it confirmed to us how much we wanted Reverend Samora to perform the ceremony on our special day. We were very impressed with the draft script we were sent and have to say that our day would not have been as amazing as it was without Reverend Samora! The ceremony itself was very personal, Reverend Samora reading with real emotion and feeling.
I would highly recommend Common Ground Ceremonies and Reverend Samora when looking for an officiant, such a lovely, compassionate person.
Thank you for such a beautiful smooth ceremony!
Stacia · Married on 08/22/2018
Samora was amazing. We came to her based on referral and she completely exceeded my expectations in officiating our wedding. We wanted something intimate and simple but very special. Because our ceremony was so small it put a lot of pressure on the officiating to be right because it was going to be such a big part of our memories. Samora met with us, listened to us, asked the right questions, and created the perfect ceremony. What an amazing woman! I would recommend her to my closest friends and family!
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!