Valentine’s Day Wedding in New York

January 17th, 2018 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Are you planning a last-minute wedding or thinking about eloping in NYC?  Valentine’s Day is approaching and it is a wonderful time of year to get married in New York City. Common Ground Ceremonies offers packages that can include a photographer, flowers, or anything you can think of to make your big day complete. You … Continue reading

Love Lock Ceremony for your wedding

A Unique Love Lock Ceremony for your Wedding

January 8th, 2018 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

We have all heard of the famous bridge in Paris, Pont des Arts where for many decades, lovers would leave a lock and toss the key into the River Seine, signifying there everlasting love.  Unfortunately, this tradition is no longer practiced there, but now you can create your own love lock ceremony in your wedding … Continue reading

2018 Wedding Trends to Watch Out for

January 3rd, 2018 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Happy New Year!!  Engagement Season is here!!!  In 2017, we saw some really cool DIY wedding ideas and lots of unique touches ranging from non-traditional dresses to having personal pets as guests or ring-bearers….eek!!  Some trends were really awe-inspiring while others were more traditional as we have  witnessed them in the past. We know how … Continue reading

Planning your Jewish/Catholic Wedding Ceremony?

October 11th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Are you engaged and planning a wedding that incorporates your Jewish and Christian backgrounds?  Many of our couples face this challenge and do not know where to even begin.  Our experienced interfaith minister, Rev. Samora Smith has created and performed these type of ceremonies for hundreds of couples and offers some great advice. First consider: … Continue reading

NY Wedding Officiant offering holiday weddings in NY

Book your Holiday Elopement or Vow Renewal Today

September 24th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Holiday Season is fast approaching and one of the most exciting places to renew your vows or have an elopement is at Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center weddings are magical and the holiday spirit is everywhere. The famous Christmas Tree is surrounded by beautifully lit sculptures and figurines from famous holiday stories. Common Ground Ceremonies will … Continue reading

Unique NYC Wedding Location with Views

July 25th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Looking for an artsy, scenic location for your small wedding in New York City? The High Line offers a unique location for your elopement in NYC.  It is built on a historic freight line and elevated above the streets downtown on Manhattan’s West side.  It runs from the West Village’s trendy Meatpacking District up to … Continue reading

Surprise Vow Renewal in Central Park

April 26th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Scott contacted Rev. Samora of Common Ground Ceremonies with a plan to surprise his beautiful wife of 20 years with a vow renewal in Central Park.  He waited at Cherry Hill Fountain with his sons while his wife Angela and daughter went for a horse and carriage ride.  As Angela dismounted the carriage, Scott got on … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day honors NYC Immigrants

February 14th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

  Each year Times Square Arts features an art installation for Valentine’s Day.  This years piece honors NYC immigrants and is titled, We Were Strangers Once Too created by the Office of Creative Research.   The sculpture consists of 33 red and pink metal poles representing data derived from a 2015 American Census Survey.  They are … Continue reading

The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

January 26th, 2017 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

We are so excited to announce our 6th year being chosen as The Knot Best of Weddings 2017 winner.  Each year brings new excitement and joy when we have the opportunity to marry couples from all over the world.  This year we won in New York City and Long Island.  Please contact Common Ground Ceremonies … Continue reading

Grand Central Wedding in NYC

June 30th, 2016 / Rev. Samora / 0 comments

Many people travel to New York City to get married!  One of the most amazing and historic places is right smack in the middle of the city.  Over a hundred years old, Grand Central Station is a hub where artists, commuters, travelers, and wanderers come together. It’s been featured in many movies and television shows … Continue reading

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