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Officiant in New York, NY,
(646) 736-2510
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    Shirley

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  • Weddings are always a pinnacle of happiness in life, but I feel that my own wedding shines brighter than most, and not just because it's mine. The particularly magical nature of our union is all thanks to the creative and caring attention of Rev Samora. From the very beginning to the weeks following the ceremony she was so involved in the process that we had hardly any stress, amazing considering that we were planning an NYC wedding from south Texas. Her suggestions on everything from locations to photographers to the particular ceremony were spot on because she took the time to get to know us and make personalized, thoughtful suggestions. She made the ceremony include our history and our family. Rev. Samora was incredibly flexible and always available. She answered every one of our thousand and one questions in a timely and helpful manner with complete patience. On the day of the wedding her warmth and happiness made us feel surrounded by family despite our elopement. She even firmly ... Read more

    Mike

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  • Rev Samora was a pleasure to work with. We sat down with her and she quickly understood exactly what we were looking for without much effort on our part. She crafted a customized ceremony that was delivered beautifully and we were very glad we chose her to be a part of our special day. She was extremely responsive and professional and had even emailed us a scanned, signed copy of our marriage certificate the very next day. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you!

    User3374790

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  • Reverend Samora was excellent all around from the moment we contacted her to the day of the wedding! We were living in Peru and trying to plan a Central Park wedding. Samora had no problems Skyping to accommodate us. She really made us feel at ease with her expertise. Our wedding was scheduled right after Hurricane Sandy happened in NY and Samora still managed to make it there despite all of the transit and other issues beyond anyone's control. She worked with us along the way to personalize the entire ceremony to make it one of a kind and just the way we wanted it. I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone!

    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

    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.

    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.

    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..

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