Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

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About Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

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.

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  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Daniel P. · Getting married on 03/05/2022

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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.

    Sent on 05/27/2020

    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.
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    Rafaela T. · Married on 12/04/2020

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    Excelent staff!

    Antonio was excellent, very attentive and responsible, I would definitely recommend him.

    Sent on 12/04/2020

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Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services?
    $ 550.00
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services?
    $ 350.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    $ 250.00
  • What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?
    $ 175.00
  • 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

Team of Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

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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