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Officiant in New York, NY,
(646) 736-2510
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  • 224 Reviews


    Nicole

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  • My wife and I found Samora on the Knot. We loved her video and how she expressed herself. We knew she would be a match for us and immediately scheduled a meeting. From the moment we sat down with her, we could see her sweet personality. We chatted a bit and she made us feel comfortable. Conversation came easy with her because of her warm and open spirit. We asked her to work with us on the spot. In order to better know us and our history, she sent each of us a questionnaire to fill out without seeing each others answers. In a couple days, Samora sent us a beautifully written ceremony for our review. She offered to edit it but it was so beautiful and perfectly written that we left it as is. She really captured the true essence of our story, quirks and emotions. We teared when we first read it and every time we see our video. The day of our wedding, she arrived early, ready and looking professional. She delivered a beautiful ceremony that brought us and our guest to tears.... Read more

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    I am honored to have met you and that you asked me to be part of such an incredible moment in your journey! Thank you again for choosing me!

    Edgar Barbosa

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  • Choosing Rev Samora to officiate our wedding was one of the greatest decision we made, Rev Samora had patience to wait for our family to get together, the delivery of our ceremony was magical. It was an amazing experience having Rev Samora to be there for us.

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    It was such a wonderful experience for me to share in that moment with you! Thank you for the generous words!

    Matthew Michael

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  • My wife and I are so happy Rev Samora was part of our ceremony. She was incredibly professional and polished. More importantly, she conducted a fantastic ceremony that was both humorous and heartwarming. We're fortunate to have been able to include Samora as part of our wedding and highly recommend her

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    Thank you!! Congratulations again on your new chapter as husband and wife and on Emily becoming a doctor!! Please keep in touch. Warmly, Rev. Samora

    Erik Crepeau

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  • Rev. Samora took the time to meet with my wife and I to truly understand what we were looking for out of our ceremony. She made herself available for questions both before and after the wedding as well. I would recommend to anyone looking to get married in the area.

    Vicky

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  • We arranged our elopement wedding in Central Park, NYC from the UK. Researching for an officiant we came across Common Ground Ceremonies, after watching the video clips and looking through reviews and photos it confirmed to us how much we wanted Reverend Samora to perform the ceremony on our special day. We were very impressed with the draft script we were sent and have to say that our day would not have been as amazing as it was without Reverend Samora! The ceremony itself was very personal, Reverend Samora reading with real emotion and feeling. I would highly recommend Common Ground Ceremonies and Reverend Samora when looking for an officiant, such a lovely, compassionate person. Thank you for such a beautiful smooth ceremony!

    Stacia

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  • Samora was amazing. We came to her based on referral and she completely exceeded my expectations in officiating our wedding. We wanted something intimate and simple but very special. Because our ceremony was so small it put a lot of pressure on the officiating to be right because it was going to be such a big part of our memories. Samora met with us, listened to us, asked the right questions, and created the perfect ceremony. What an amazing woman! I would recommend her to my closest friends and family!

    Cherina

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  • Deciding on Rev Samora to officiate our wedding was an amazing decision! My wife and I became familiar Rev Samora after she officiated a friend’s wedding a few years prior. She was so great that we knew we had to have her at ours. Rev Samora was so thorough and made the process a breeze. She communicated with us via phone, email, and in person to get to know us, our style of ceremony, what’s important to us and so on. She made sure to include every detail into our ceremony that we discussed. Reading the words prior to the big day didn’t do it justice. When hearing Rev Samora deliver those words, we were in tears and many of our guests were as well. In fact our family and friends raved about her for several days after the wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant. Thank you Rev Samora for all that you did and making our wedding day very special!

    Christopher

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  • Would highly recommend rev Samora we found her to very easy to deal with and the service was out of this world made our day very easy and was there every step of the way with a smile

    Neal

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  • Reverend Samora performed a beautiful ceremony at our wedding. She captured exactly the sentiment we were looking for. She was very helpful in guiding us through the process and was very responsive to our questions. We received many compliments from our guests on the ceremony and vows she put together. HIGHLY recommend her!

    Karyn

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  • We knew from the moment we met Rev. Samora she was the absolute perfect choice to officiate our wedding. I can go on and on about her, but bottom line - she's outstanding!!! If you're looking for an officiant who can put together the most beautiful ceremony and do it exactly the way you want it... she is your answer. Rev. Samora is clear, concise and so well spoken. She takes time to get to know you and know your story. Our guests RAVED about our ceremony because Rev. Samora made it romantic, fun and interesting. Exactly how we envisioned it would be!

    Vanessa

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  • Willing to meet us first before setting up our ceremony to fit what we wanted. Spoke clearly, preplanned service and arrived early for the event. Absolutely worth the price and made me feel so comfortable around. Will love to hire again for another relative in near future.

    Nicole

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  • Reverend Samora was an absolute dream to work with! I hired her a little more than a month before our wedding and she was super accommodating. With just a quick phone call and a short questionnaire, she totally understood my husband and I and what we wanted out of our ceremony. She ensured our ceremony was brief, but long enough to truly impact our guests with her script she formatted just for us. If you are looking for a professional, flexible, and charismatic officiant than you must book Reverend Samora Smith.

    Anne

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  • Rev. Samora Smith married my fiancé and I on Sunday, March 31st at 501 Union in Brooklyn, and she was simply fantastic! When we first met Samora and explained our vision of a humanistic marriage ceremony that was universal, real-life (not fairy-tale), and inclusive, she understood our vision right away! Samora was patient and listened to our story, and suggested some great ideas, including a beautiful subtle gesture to honor my fiancé’s late mother. She took on our suggestions for the ceremony wording, and blended everything together beautifully. I think the best compliment I heard about our ceremony was that the married couples in the room were all nodding in agreement throughout the ceremony, relating to the universal truths about marriage and love that Samora was sharing. Our ceremony was truly meaningful and we are super pleased with our choice of Common Ground Ceremonies. Thanks Samora!

    Sheila

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  • We hired Rev. Samora for our August 8th, 2018 wedding. What a great decision this was! My wife (fiance then) and I were looking for a reverend that had experience in same sex marriage. We came across Rev. Samora through a search on The Knot. We read her profile and found some of her work via YouTube. We emailed her and we set up a date to meet her before making our decision. I guess we were looking for a certain vibe that we can only feel out once we met personally. On our meeting with Rev. Samora we immediately felt at ease and comfortable. She was very welcoming, professional and sweet. She answered all of our questions and she also gave us her personal suggestions as well. Shortly after our meeting she emailed us a questionnaire for both of us to fill out. This was more like a guide for her to help share our love story... ..Fast forward to our wedding day!. Wow is all I can say! Rev. Samora performed the most beautiful and sweetest ceremony. She delivered our love story so roma... Read more

    Carrie

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  • After much research, we were so happy to find Rev. Samora, and fortunately she was available for our special day. She is a wonderful person, very professional, attentive and her deliverance at or ceremony was fantastic, it was really great to work with her leading up to the wedding and she listened to our needs of wanted a personal/non religious ceremony. Our guests commented on how special it was. Thank you for the great memories Rev. Samora.

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    Hi Carrie! It was so wonderful to share in your amazing union and meet your beautiful families. Congrats again to you and Chris!! A toast to many new and exciting adventures!
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