Your love is the most valuable currency you have and I am here to help you celebrate!

Life as we know it is going through a major shift and when you got engaged this was never part of the plan.  I imagine you’re thinking, “How are we going to get married now?”

You may have had to postpone your plans or are in the early stages of planning. Your wedding and vow renewal celebrations are important to me and I am here to support you and guide you through this unpredictable time.  Now is the perfect time to bring into focus what is most important and create a celebration that honors your love and also inspires you to look forward to the future you are building together.

I understand and specialize in crafting all styles of ceremonies, religious and humanist, and no matter the situation or setting, I am here to walk you through the often confusing process and deliver a beautiful experience for you to cherish for years to come. These are unprecedented times so let’s make this the most memorable moment.

If your concern is social distancing, New York City offers gorgeous outdoor settings for your ceremony. I have created wedding packages to make your planning even easier so that all you need to do is choose your location and we will take care of the rest. There are many beautiful outdoor locations such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Botanical Gardens, and venues with lovely rooftops around the Metropolitan area. They all have gorgeous settings for photos and deliver a memorable experience for everyone.  My packages are budget-friendly and include top-notch vendors (who are also lovely people) that provide photography, videography, live music, flowers, day-of coordination and anything else you may want to include.

The great news is at Common Ground Ceremonies we really care about you and making your day as special as it can be, no matter what. The wedding ceremony is the “heart” of your celebration and sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I am now offering Virtual Weddings if you decide that works best for you.  I am also just as happy to meet you somewhere convenient to legalize your paperwork and perform your public wedding ceremony on a future date.

If you are looking for an expert,award-winning New York Wedding Officiant who truly 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

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.