“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.
From early childhood, I was always singing and performing. As a performer, I traveled around the world and have cultivated relationships with people of all lifestyles. I have strong personal ties with the LGBTQ community. Growing up, all of my mom’s closest friends were gay couples (my gay uncles) who never missed any of my performances and attended my graduations. Unfortunately, they never had the legal choice to marry, so I knew that this was my calling when Marriage Equality was passed in NY the first year I began officiating. I have always believed that everyone should be allowed to love who they choose to love and that love has no boundaries.
Ordained as an Interfaith Minister (2008) via The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies in NYC.
When I enrolled in seminary, I felt drawn to learning more about the different religions and faiths of the world. I was already a mom to two young children and many questions about my faith were coming up for me. The school was founded 30 years ago by a Rabbi, a Catholic Priest and a Swami. Their mission was to address religious intolerance and lack of understanding of the faiths and traditions of others. I knew I had found a community that would support my spiritual path and lead me to a place where I can serve others. Once I became ordained a close friend asked me to officiate her wedding. After writing and performing their wedding, I was hooked! I knew that this was a calling for me and that this would be one of the most exciting and fulfilling careers for me. I enjoy supporting my couples in not only planning your wedding, but also in planning your marriage.
Common Ground Ceremonies specializes in all types of ceremonies.
My ceremonies are personalized and customized to your needs. I do not believe in “cookie cutter” weddings because no two marriages are alike so I pride myself in providing a personal, customized service. I perform interfaith weddings, non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, LGBTQ weddings, as well as vow renewals. I am located in Manhattan and I am available to travel and perform weddings throughout the five boroughs, as well as Long Island, Westchester & New Jersey and other locations too. I also offer packages that include photography, videography, flowers, live music and even “Day of Wedding Coordinator” services. (A more detailed description of this service is explained on the services page).