Rev. Samora Smith (also known as The Lovesmith) 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, interracial, multi-cultured family. A white Jewish mom, a black Muslim dad and Puerto Rican Catholic stepdad. The family was not religious but laid a strong foundation for embracing differences and showing that love knows no boundaries. Rev. Samora's upbringing has given her a greater understanding and empathy when working with couples of diverse cultures and faiths. Her unique background also led Rev. Samora to study at The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies in New York City, where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2008. In the past 9 years, Rev. Samora has united more than 1,000 couples 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 love-infused, personalized ceremonies that are always "couple centered" and range from non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, interfaith ceremonies, LGBTQ weddings, and vow renewals (baby blessings too!). The ceremonies are enhanced with cultural and religious/nonreligious elements such as butterfly releases, broom jumping and hand-fasting rituals or even a unique one completely created just for the couple. Along with the ceremony services, Rev. Samora also offers support to each couple beyond just planning the wedding. Her pre-marital (and post) are also customized to each couple's needs, offering them the insight and tools for a fulfilling, lasting marriage. Common Ground Ceremonies' wedding services and packages range from a simple elopement in Central Park to elaborate, custom wedding ceremonies at the venue of your choosing.
Common Ground Ceremonies helps to make your big day as seamless as possible. If you are looking for an all-inclusive experience, they offer elopement packages that include:
Rev. Samora is Board-Ceritified Hypnotherapist ,a licensed NLP Practitioner, Certified Life/Relationship Coach, and SYMBIS Facilitator. She offers individualized sessions to support couples with marriage preparation and relieving any wedding planning stresses that may arise. These therapies are life-changing and equip each couple with the tools for 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.
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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.Sent on 10/03/2018
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!Sent on 10/08/2018
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!