The Wedding of Emmett & Claire

Emmett & Claire met while starring in the UK television show Hollyoaks.  They decided to have a small, intimate wedding here in NYC on New Year’s Eve at a unique warehouse-style wedding venue in midtown called Studio 450 .  Rev. Samora of Common Ground Ceremonies officiated the wedding ceremony in front of their closest family and friends.  The space was beautifully decorated with candles and a surprise flashmob Gospel Choir sang “Oh Happy Day” after the pronouncement and kiss.  Their wedding is featured in HELLO magazine. You can read the full article here.

We Won the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!!

We Won the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!!  It feels amazing to be at the top 5% in the Wedding Officiants Category nationally!  Our 5th year in a row being recognized as a highly-ranked Wedding Officiant in New York!  We also offer many packages to fit your needs so please contact us at (646)709-2090 to discuss your special event.  Happy New Year!!

The Knot-Best of Weddings “Hall of Fame” Award 2016

It has been an amazing journey from the moment I decided to become an Interfaith Minister back in 2005.  At that particular time I didn’t know where it would lead, but I knew that I had opened up myself to be of service to myself and others.  I still don’t define myself as religious but I feel blessed and liberated when I can assist people on their spiritual journey.  I began marrying couples in 2010 and it has been one of the most gratifying experiences.  I am so moved by all of the wonderful couples I meet, hearing their stories and always feel honored to bring their families together.  As a New York City Wedding Officiant, I have met people from all over the world, straight and gay who are overjoyed to finally marry the person they love.  I have won The Knot “Best of Weddings” award for the past 4 years and because of all of my amazing reviews, I am proud to announce that I have finally made The Knot “Hall of Fame” Award.  Happy New Year to everyone and please contact me at (646)709-2090 to discuss your upcoming celebration.

Winter Elopements in Central Park

Winter Weddings in Central Park are so Romantic!!  Central Park has some of the most picturesque locations that are easily accessible from your hotel or local shopping.  Mark and Lewis traveled all the way from Singapore and chose to have a non-denominational wedding in Central Park.  We met at The Plaza Hotel and boarded a horse-and-carriage with champagne and big smiles in tow.  We arrived at Cherry Hill in Central Park which overlooks the lake towards the Upper West Side and I presided over their heart-filled ceremony.  The temperature may have been cold but we felt warm and excited for their beautiful celebration.  Please email us at rev.samora@gmail.com to discuss your upcoming wedding in New York.  As a New York Wedding Officiant, I am licensed to perform weddings all over the Tri-State area so contact us today to discuss your special day.  Happy Holidays!!

New York Winter Weddings

Some people only imagine getting married in the warmer months of the year, especially when they envision having it outdoors.  New York City is the perfect landscape for weddings all year round.  Central Park offers many beautiful locations and if you love the many different tourist attractions, a wedding can even be performed there.  As a New York Officiant, I have had the joy of marrying couples all over city in the Winter. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Battery Park and Times Square are just some of the great locations for a wedding in New York.  Contact us at (646)709-2090 to book your wonderful Winter elopement in New York City.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Elopements

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit here in New York City last night and will be displayed until January 7th, 2016.  This is one of the most magical times to get married in New York City.  As a NY Wedding Officiant, I have been honored to marry many couples under the tree or at the Top of the Rock with a panoramic view of the city.  Please contact us at (646) 709-2090 to book a magical wedding ceremony this holiday season.  Happy Holidays!!