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


    Cheryl

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  • Rev. Samora is a terrific mix of personable and professional. She laid out the process for us from the start and was right on time when it came to reviewing drafts of the ceremony. She had many ideas for customizing the ceremony with traditional and modern touches, flow, and readings. She also asked us for preferences around what she wore and other details. If needed, she'll also send gentle reminders to make sure you register for your license with the proper window of time. On the day of our wedding, Rev. Samora arrived a bit early to greet the bride and groom and calm any nerves. She looked beautiful and made our guests feel so welcome. We had so many compliments from friends and family of all ages and religious backgrounds on the ceremony and Rev. Samora's warmth and genuine love for what she does. She also mentioned that she likes to stay in touch with the couples she marries, and we look forward to sharing news of our life with Rev. Samora as time goes on.

    Allison

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  • Rev. Samora was absolutely fantastic!! My wife and I were planning a wedding from Rhode Island and she made it so easy. She made sure we had everything the way we wanted it and was always there whenever we had any questions. From picking a wedding place to finding places in the city she was very informative. Rev. Samora made us feel like family and she has such great passion for what she does. If you are looking for an Officiant we highly recomment Rev. Samora! You will not be disappointed!!

    Martin

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  • Perfect Day, Perfect Ceremony, Perfect Memories Bob and I decided to celebrate our 15 year anniversary by returning to New York (where our relationship first started) to get married "legally and officially" in New York, since we are not able to legally marry in our home state, California. After considering doing a generic ceremony at City Hall - we learned about Reverend Samora through our terrific photographer, Jared Slater (J & J Photography). Immediately, I felt like I was dealing was an old friend who understood everything that we wanted and made it so easy to make it all happen. With just a few conversations - she worked out the perfect ceremony for us - incorporating just the right amount of religious/spiritual background, personal history and wishes and hopes for the future. Samora helped pick out the perfect spot in Central Park. Her Incredible guitarist, Diana, set the perfect tone for the ceremony. Even though we reviewed the ceremony in advance - I was compl... Read more

    Ida

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  • Rev. Samora is the best Wedding Officiant and does a fantastic job with all the details. She is the sweetest woman I have ever met and had an amazing ceremony. You can be sure your wedding ceremony will be both meaningful and professional when you look to her. She is really helpful when you are planning your ceremony, great ideas and cares about your needs. I highly recommend her. Thanks again Samora, for a wonderful ceremony.

    User2752560

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  • Rev. Samora was absolutely wonderful and made our wedding ceremony even more special than we thought possible. She worked with us to tailor the event so that it was truly a personal and special moment we shared with our friends and family. I would absolutely recommend her to other couples and will use her when we renew our vows.

    Mary

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  • Rev Samora performed our wedding ceremony in Central Park on a Saturday afternoon in September. She was very responsive during the planning phase, wrote very lovely wedding vows, arrived early to meet us and did an outstanding job. We were so happy with her services and would recommend her to any couples planning their big day. You put a lot of faith into this person, it's an important choice (what if they didn't show up??) But with Rev. Samora I had a good feeling from the very beginning and she exceeded our expectations, Mary & Bob

    User2750426

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  • Rev. Samora was a pleasure to work - professional and extremely helpful. As we were out-of-state, she provided pivotal advice and suggestions that ultimately translated into a beautiful and successful wedding day. She worked closely with us throughout the planning stages and was flexible in allowing us to personalize what was said during the ceremony. She arrived early on the day of our wedding and helped coordinate guests and events which alleviated much of our stress! She was exquisitely dressed and well spoken which was an important consideration for us. I strongly recommend Rev. Samora and have already directed a few of my friends to her to act as their wedding officiant.

    Sanna

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  • Rev. Samora was absolutely fantastic! She makes our planning easy and our ceremony elegant and romantic! She is extremely kind and attentive to satisfy any requests! Our day was unique and impeccable thank to Rev. Samora!

    Carey

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  • Rev. Samora offered the most caring, thoughtful, and personal ceremony possible. The rituals she offers are perfect for anyone, no matter faith, sex, and surpassed all expectations. Her guitar soloist rendition of our two favorite songs were beautifully played and really played from the heart, just as the entire ceremony.

    Misa

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  • From its inception, our interaction with Reverend Samora Smith from dictated the obvious: That she was going to be our choice among other considerations to be trusted with the duties of officiating our union. The first time we met, Reverend Samora was a lovely mixture of professionalism, a warm and personal touch, charisma and trustworthiness. Her profound knowledge of the marriage process and what was needed, and what was not, was imparted to us with a clarity and natural reassurance that we would all be working together, and that everything was going to be a success - invaluable for arguably the biggest day and step in a couple’s lives. In the interim, between that time and the wedding day, she was always on hand and a phone-call away to answer questions, give reassurances, talk about and/or resolve any ancillary matters and be a calming and reassurance influence in steering the ship towards the big day. With unflagging patience and empathy, she conducted it all. On the day i... Read more

    Jose

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  • There are very few occasions in life when things happen to be perfect. Our wedding day was just that, perfect. Perfect location. Perfect weather. Perfect company. And perfect person to officiate our ceremony! Reverend Samora M. Smith was perfect from the beginning. My husband, then my fiancé, found her online. I was skeptical. However, it took me just a short phone conversation with her to feel her warmth, her calm, and her love. Rev. Samora gave us just the right amount of pressure, and the right amount of support for our wedding day to be simply perfect. She was prompt to respond our questions and with a practical understanding of the wedding ceremony, offered us the right options. She found for us the perfect musician and the perfect photographer. On our wedding day, she dressed beautifully and in accordance with our preferred colors, blending discretely and harmoniously. She delivered the ceremony simply flawlessly, with grace, candor, and love. We are tremendously proud and happy... Read more

    Mrs.

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  • Rev. Samora performed our wedding and exceeded our expectations. She provided exactly what we asked for and everything went off beautifully. Rev. Samora made our day very special. She responded quickly during the planning phase and was early on the day of the ceremony. She's a warm lovely kind person and I would recommend her services to any couple tying the knot! Thank you Rev. Samora... you are the best!! Thank you so much for all of your help. The memories of our wedding day will forever be treasured thanks to your kindness and professionalism, . Leticia & Jose Ramos..

    mogu

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  • Your services were invaluable to the wedding. It was a significant and meaningful ceremony.

    Dena

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  • Words can’t express how beautiful and memorable our wedding ceremony was. When we first met Rev. Samora, we met with her at a cozy coffee shop in the Lower East Side. It felt as if we met before and we were catching up where we last left off. We instantly had a bond between the 3 of us. Her attentive and caring ways made us feel comfortable in telling our love story. Dena and I met 5 years ago and we always had faith we would be able to marry in the State of New York. Samora kept constant communication with us. Not only does she give a beautiful wedding sermon she also has a beautiful voice. She sang as we walked down the aisle joined by our 3 handsome boys. Knowing that she was right next to us as we exchanged vows was a tremendous comfort from the beginning to the end. Our celebration of love was portrayed in every word spoken by Samora. Our deepest gratitude to Rev. Samora for telling our love story through her voice. Our special day will be truly remembered for... Read more

    Gay

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  • Not living in NY and attempting to plan a wedding in NYC seemed a daunting task. We began planning in March for our August wedding. I truly had no clue where to begin! As I was searching for info, I stumbled upon Rev Samora and Common Ground Ceremonies! After reading reviews and looking at the website, I decided to contact Rev Samora. It was the best first step I could have made! Rev Samora was so warm and informative! My planning and preparation was so effortless! She had all the answers and communicated with me every step of the way. The planning, the vows, the professionalism, the music, the photographer... everything PERFECT! We were amazed at our experience! Everything fell into place perfectly! Rev Samora... you are the best!! Thank you so much for all of your help. The memories of our wedding day will forever be treasured thanks to your kindness and compassion.

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