Welcome to this new and exciting chapter! It’s time to celebrate!

I often ask “What is the new normal?”  With so many unexpected shifts it’s hard to even know how to plan your upcoming wedding, let alone your future.  I am sure you have wondered if it’s better to keep it simple and elope in New York City, or go big and plan a larger wedding at your dream venue? No matter what you choose we can marry you anywhere and you can celebrate with your friends and families in the way that feels most comfortable. If I’ve learned anything in the past 12 years as a wedding officiant it is no matter how you choose to celebrate, love always wins, and your wedding day will always be your Best Day Ever!!

In fact, your wedding day is one of the most important and momentous occasions of your life. It marks the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in your life, and our aim is to support you in creating a meaningful celebration no matter the budget.  This is the perfect moment to begin focusing on what is most valuable to you as a couple and from there we can create a lasting memory for you and all your loved ones to cherish for a lifetime.  

As a 10-time award-winning wedding officiant and pre-marital counselor, I am well-versed in crafting all styles of ceremonies. I have performed more than 2,000 weddings and vow renewals (baby blessings too!) with couples of all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures, and it has been an exciting and rewarding path. I craft personalized ceremonies to honor each couple’s ideas and preferences.  Some include traditions, rituals, or cultural elements that are most meaningful to the family, faith, or culture. Other ceremonies may have unique touches to reflect a more personal spin. No matter if you are a blended-faith couple, a “spiritual but not religious” couple,  or a non-denominational or humanist couple, I honor your beliefs.  The most intimate and joyous part of your wedding ceremony is being able to weave your personal love story throughout thereby creating your very own “one-of-a-kind” ceremony script. Every couple is unique and so is your story. In any case, I am here to walk you through the often- confusing process and support you along the way. These are unprecedented times so let’s make the most of your unforgettable day.

We now offer bilingual ceremonies for Spanish-speaking couples and Native American Wedding Ceremony services such as the Lakota Star Blanket ceremony, hand-tying ceremony, ceremonial site or land blessings, flute/drum ceremony, calling in the elements, native dance, and more by a Lakota member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe. Please click here to learn more.

As a rare New York City native,  Rev. Dr. Samora is proud of how NYC as a destination offers the best indoor and outdoor settings for your wedding or elopement ceremony. Common Ground Ceremonies’ Elopement and Wedding packages make planning your special day even easier, especially if you are traveling from out of town and planning a destination wedding. All you need to do is choose your date, time, and preferred location, and we will take care of the rest. There are many beautiful and iconic outdoor wedding locations around the city such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Botanical Gardens, Top of The Rock, and other fabulous venues with spectacular skyline views and magical rooftops around the Metropolitan area. These gorgeous settings are perfect for capturing your big day.  Our Wedding Packages are budget-friendly and always include top-notch wedding vendors (who happen to be awesome people too) who offer services such as photography, videography, live music, flowers, and coordination.

Virtual weddings are no longer an option in NY State. However, in NYC you are still required to pre-schedule your clerk appointments either in-person or virtual (if it’s virtual you must be in NY State) to obtain your license. You can begin the application process through the Project Cupid portal. Once you have your marriage license, I offer “sidewalk signings” if you can’t find an available appointment slot, or you can book a court-style wedding for $250 (Marry Us Now) as an alternative and more convenient service. Spring is a beautiful time of year to get married in NYC with the blooming Cherry Blossom trees in April throughout Central Park and around the city, and the fresh new buds beginning to bloom throughout the city gardens. Book your spring/summer 2022 elopement wedding package, or intimate, outdoor Micro-Wedding package now before your date is no longer available.  Small and intimate weddings are still very popular and have become many couples preferred way to get married during this time.

The pandemic has definitely tested many marriages with divorce rates being at an all-time high, so for those of you who also wish to start your marriage off with a strong foundation, I am getting ready to launch my online pre-marital coaching program. As a Spiritual Coach and Relationship Expert, I have created a self-paced, online Pre-Marital and Marital Coaching Program called The Marriage Success Blueprint. It is a 10-module program that not only prepares you for the unexpected curveballs but also empowers you with the tools for building a strong, rock-solid foundation for your marriage. The best part is, you can do it in the safety and comfort of your own home. Experts have said that couples who invest in pre-marital preparation have a 30 percent less chance of divorce, and also have a much higher level of overall marital satisfaction. Why not give the same excitement that goes into planning your wedding toward also planning your marriage? Please contact me directly to learn more, and book your free consultation.

If you are looking for an expert, award-winning New York Wedding Officiant who loves what she does, then look no further. I invite you to read my reviews and contact me today so we can begin planning your special celebration.


“Samora connected with us immediately. She understood who we were, what brought us together,
and what we envisioned for our big day. She guided us through the whole process
and made it easy for us to relax and enjoy it.” – June 2014


The Knot’s “Hall of Fame” Inductee & Wedding Wire Awards 

I am the newly-appointed Assoc. Dir. of The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies, a 10-time Award-Winning Wedding Officiant, a Relationship Coach (pre-marital counselor too), and a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist/NLP Practitioner, and Reiki Master.  Over the past 12 years, I have officiated more than 1,800 weddings, vow renewals, and baby blessings, and it has been an honor to witness such momentous milestones in people’s lives.

Raised in a Multi-racial, Multi-faith, and Multi-cultured Family

I was born and raised in New York City, and I have always been surrounded by diversity and culture. I come from a multi-racial (BIPOC), multi-faith (Jewish/Muslim/Catholic), diverse-cultured family, which has honestly afforded me the personal experience and knowledge to support couples of all varieties of cultures, faiths, and backgrounds.  I personally grew up celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, and I became more interested in the spiritual sciences and Eastern teachings in my later years. I was not raised in a religious household, but my family always instilled the values and tenets of many faith traditions, with love always being at the center.  I identify as “Spiritually Fluid” (or a “None”/non-identifying), and I lead with the belief that we are all connected, that “Love is Love”, and we are all spiritual beings sharing a human experience.




I truly love what I do! Each couple I marry remains close to my heart forever! No one can tell you better about my services than the couples I have already married.

Kathryn & Spencer


It’s no exaggeration to say that without Samora – both as an officiant and as a wedding coordinator – our wedding would not have been what it was. My husband and I only had four weeks to plan our wedding in New York City, and Samora’s help was invaluable. Within an hour of meeting and chatting with us, Samora had found the ideal venue for us and our 40 guests. As well as helping us find a venue, Samora also helped us find and organise a wonderful photographer and beautiful flowers for the space, as well as offering guidance for how to create our wedding playlist. When it came to the ceremony itself, Samora was there early to help us get prepared (she even ran out at the last minute to get me cough drops for my bad cold!). The ceremony itself was absolutely perfect: thanks to Samora, we had a ceremony that was unique and personal to us a couple, but one that still retained references to tradition, which is exactly what we wanted. Many of our guests have said that it was one of the loveliest wedding ceremonies they have attended, thanks to the personal touch that Samora gave to it. Samora comes very highly recommended from both of us!

— Kathryn & Spencer-—-



Rituals and Unity Ceremonies are a wonderful way to symbolize the joining of two people in marriage. I have chosen an array of rituals (tradition and non-traditional) that you may want to include in your ceremony.