Are you excited (and a bit overwhelmed) about the process of planning your upcoming wedding?

In the swirl of all the wedding logistics, you’re probably thinking, “Who is going to marry us?”

Are you interested in a non-religious or non-denominational wedding ceremony and need some guidance? Or maybe you were raised in two different faiths and want to have an interfaith wedding ceremony that will honor both your families and backgrounds? Or, perhaps you just simply want a wedding ceremony that highlights your story and focuses on the love that you share with each other!

We understand and specialize in crafting all styles of ceremonies and no matter the scenario, at Common Ground Ceremonies we will walk you through the often confusing process and deliver a beautiful ceremony that will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

We love working with both domestic and international couples from all over the world. New York City is a great place for Destination weddings. We will assist you in planning a lovely wedding in Central Park or at one of the many wonderful venues around the city.

The good news is at Common Ground Ceremonies we really care about you and making your day as special as it can be. After all, the wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the celebration so why not put it into the hands of an expert.

If you are looking for an award-winning New York Wedding Officiant who truly loves what they do, then please read our reviews and don’t hesitate to contact us today so that we may begin discussing your special celebration.
Let’s Celebrate!!


“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

Many couples ask me how I began officiating. What is my approach to weddings? 

I am an Award-Winning Wedding Officiant, interfaith minister and a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner (The Psychology of Success) & Symbis (Save.Your.Marriage.Before.It.Starts) Facilitator. In the past 9 years, I have married more than 1,000 couples and I am honored to be a part of such an important moment in two people’s lives.

I was born and raised in New York City and feel so honored to have been raised in a city with so many diverse cultures and beliefs.  I myself am from an interfaith, multi-cultural household which has afforded me the experience and knowledge to support couples who also share different cultures and backgrounds.  I was the kid who had the Christmas tree and Hanukkah Menorah displayed at the same time. Now they even call it Chrismukkah because of all the interfaith families that now celebrate both holidays.  I was not raised with any religion and my family celebrated their spirituality by always celebrating love as the core of our identity. I identify as non-denominational and I respect and embrace (and love to celebrate) other people’s beliefs and differences.




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.