“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 an Award-Winning Wedding Officiant, Interfaith Dr. of Ministry, and a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP prac. (The Psychology of Success), Reiki Master & Symbis Facilitator (Pre-Marital Counselor). Over the past 10 years, I have performed more than 1,500 weddings and vow renewals, and it is an honor and blessing to be part of such an important moment 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 feel so blessed to have been surrounded by so much diversity and culture. I, myself come from a multi-race, multi-faith, multi-cultural family, which has afforded me the experience and knowledge to support couples from all different cultures and backgrounds. I grew up celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, and I was also exposed to many spiritual sciences and philosophies. We were not a religious household, but my family still honored the values and tenets of many faith systems, while always keeping love at the center. I don’t practice a specific faith, but I carry the belief that we are all connected, that love is love, and we are all spiritual beings having a human experience.
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 a Doctor of Ministry (2020) and Interfaith Minister (2008) through The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies.
I was drawn to seminary due to my quasi, multi-faith background, and my interest in learning more about my own spiritual path. I had recently attended a Buddhist meeting with my non-verbal, autistic son (he was 7 at the time) where he immediately started chanting and began using words soon thereafter. This, of course further piqued my curiosity and I decided to enroll in The New Seminary. I had no idea where it would lead, but I knew I had found a community that would support my spiritual path and lead me to a place where I can serve others. After all, it was founded by Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, and a Swami whose mission was to address religious intolerance through education, and create a home base for people of all beliefs. After ordination, a close 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. When the Marriage Quality Act was passed in NY State, I became determined to support and assist as many LGBTQ couples I could in finally having the right to marry who they love.
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).