“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.
From early childhood, I was a natural performer, always singing and involved in the theatre. This has brought me inspiration when I am creating and writing ceremonies. As an artist, I have also developed strong ties with the LGBTQ community. I had just begun officiating when The Marriage Equality Act was passed in NY, and I was so thrilled to be able to legalize hundreds of LGBTQ couples who never believed they would ever be able to marry. All of my mother’s closest friends were gay couples (my gay uncles) and many of them were not around to see this day arrive, so I knew that this was my way of honoring them and my mother. I have always believed that everyone should be allowed to love who they choose to love and that love has no boundaries.
Ordained as a Doctor of Ministry (2020) and Interfaith Minister (2008) through The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies.
I was drawn to Interfaith studies due to my eclectic, and sometimes confusing multi-faith background. I had always been interested in theology and philosophy so enrolling in The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies seemed like a natural fit for me I had no idea where it would lead, but I knew I had found a community of like-minded souls who would support my spiritual journey and show me new ways to serve the world. After my ordination in 2008, a friend of mine asked me to officiate her wedding. This experience opened my heart even more and I knew that it was a calling for me to not only celebrate unions, but also support them in having successful, and healthy relationships.
Common Ground Ceremonies specializes in bespoke, and individualized ceremonies.
Each ceremony is personalized and customized based on your individual needs and beliefs There is no “cookie-cutter” approach because no two situations are exactly alike. We honor all backgrounds and we perform interfaith weddings, non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, LGBTQ weddings, as well as vow renewals and baby welcoming ceremonies. We serve the Tri-State area (NYC, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and we will travel for long-distance celebrations or destination weddings as requested. If you are interested in an all-inclusive service, we also have packages that offer top-rated coordination, photography, videography, flowers, live music, and anything else you can dream up.