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.
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.
264 Reviews for Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Olivia V. · Married on 05/02/2020
Wonderful, responsive, and truly listened to what we wanted
Rev. Samora was perfect for us. She responded very quickly, honestly, and put us at ease. We married during the Pandemic and there was a bit of a learning curve to this process and Rev. Samora was very in the know and helpful with all of the details. She listened to us and created an individual ceremony for us. I recommend her fully and feel lucky we found her.Sent on 11/05/2020
Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies's reply:Considering all the challenges we have faced throughout this period, I am so inspired by couples like you. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of such an important moment in your lives. Blessings to you!!
Daniel P. · Getting married on 03/05/2022
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.
Rafaela T. · Married on 12/04/2020
Antonio was excellent, very attentive and responsible, I would definitely recommend him.Sent on 12/04/2020
Team of Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies
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.
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!