A castle, a micro wedding, and a T-Rex

A T-Rex at a Wedding?

As a wedding officiant in New York, I have performed more than 1,500 weddings and Vow Renewals and this was a first.  It turns out my couple met online and part of what brought them together was their mutual passion for Jurrasic Park.  After having to postpone their nuptials numerous times due to Covid-19, they finally planned their micro-wedding in Westchester at Whitby Castle.

Looking for a Venue for your Micro-Wedding in New York?

Wedding Venue in New York
Castle Wedding in New York

Only 30 minutes from NYC, Whitby Castle in Rye, NY is the perfect venue for your fairytale wedding.  These days when you are planning your wedding it is so important to consider the safety of your guests.  Many venues are adapting to these new safety standards and are now offering small, intimate weddings for you to celebrate your big day.

New York Venues Offering Small Weddings

Central Park is the perfect option year-round for your intimate wedding.  If you’re looking for a venue where your guests can attend your ceremony and have a socially-distanced reception, the following New York venues are offering packages for your big day:

  1. Water Club (Manhattan)
  2. 620 Loft & Garden (Manhattan)
  3. Wythe Hotel (Brooklyn)
  4. My Moon Restaurant (Brooklyn)
  5. Midtown Loft & Terrace (Manhattan)

For Officiant and Pre-Marital Counseling services, contact Rev. Dr. Samora Smith for a consultation to discuss your needs.  Dr. Samora is an award-winning wedding officiant in New York and offers ceremonies for multi-faith, non-denominational, LGBTQ weddings and Vow Renewals.  

Email:  rev.samora@gmail.com

Phone: (646) 736-2510

Valentine’s Day Wedding in New York

Are you planning a last-minute wedding or thinking about eloping in NYC?  Valentine’s Day is approaching and it is a wonderful time of year to get married in New York City.

Common Ground Ceremonies offers packages that can include a photographer, flowers, or anything you can think of to make your big day complete.

You can choose from a civil ceremony (humanist ceremony) or spiritual ceremony depending on your preferences.  Our NY Wedding Officiants will perform any type of ceremony you choose and also file the license for you afterwards (saving you a trip back down to the city clerk’s office.)  We can also provide a witness if you are planning to come by yourselves, but also recommend hiring a photographer who can sign for you, in addition to taking you around the city for amazing photos.

For those of you planning to renew your vows, Valentine’s Day is a romantic time to do so.  Contact us and we will assist you with planning your vow renewal ceremony.

Unique NYC Wedding Location with Views

Looking for an artsy, scenic location for your small wedding in New York City?

The High Line offers a unique location for your elopement in NYC.  It is built on a historic freight line and elevated above the streets downtown on Manhattan’s West side.  It runs from the West Village’s trendy Meatpacking District up to 34th Street.

It offers views of the Hudson River and the rooftops of buildings of Manhattan.  There are many unique nooks for a small ceremony and an ideal spot for a sunrise or sunset ceremony.

Contact Common Ground Ceremonies to discuss all the different locations to elope in NYC.  There are many wonderful restaurants and the famous Chelsea Market are under the High Line.

Please call us at 646-709-2090 to book your unique wedding ceremony today.

Elopement at The High Line Park in New York City
Elopement at The High Line Park in New York City