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Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

New York
New York, New York, NY
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(646) 736-2510

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About Us

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Live instrumentalists for ceremony
  • Photography/Videography during ceremony
  • Flowers
  • “Day of Wedding Coordinator” services

Other Services

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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  • 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!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    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?


    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?


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