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Meet Your NYC Wedding Officiant

Updated: Jan 16

Welcome to the Exciting World of a NYC Wedding Officiant !



Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. Over the past 14 years, I have been blessed to have officiated nearly 3,000 ceremonies for couples and families from all around the globe. My name is Dr. Samora Smith (aka The Lovesmith), and I am a non-denominational interfaith minister and NYC Wedding Officiant with an inclusive approach. I personally come from a multi-faith family comprised of many faith traditions, as well as non-believers. I am currently the Associate Director for The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies, where I was also ordained in 2008. The school was founded 41 years ago by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman who carried the vision that "we are all one" and after meeting famous Yogi Swami Satchidinanda (founder of Yogaville and The Integral Yoga Center) formed The New Seminary along with other interfaith luminaries. I established Common Ground Ceremonies in 2010 to offer beautiful ceremonies and and sacred services to diverse and blended couples and families for all occasions. Growing up in NYC, coming from a spiritually-blended houselhold and being of mixed-race myself, I wanted to offer an inclusive and welcoming approach regardless of anyone's beliefs, faith, race, sexual orientation, or background.


Award-Winning NYC Wedding Officiant
Award-Winning NYC Wedding Officiant


BIPOC, LGBTQ+-friendly, & Woman-Owned Business


Diversity and Inclusivity are important aspects of Common Ground Ceremonies. No one is ever turned away because of their beliefs. I also only work with and recommend companies and vendors who lead with the same ideals. I create ceremonies for all rites of passage, as well as customized celebrations for any special occasion. Please reach out to discuss your needs.

Expert Relationship Coach & Pre-Marital Counselor

As a recognized Relationship Expert and Certified Pre-Marital Counselor, I am committed to supporting couples and families in creating and sustaining healthy and loving relationships. Relationships are sacred and I believe that preparing for any big commitment is the key to lasting success. My approach is supporting you in being the best version of yourself and learning how to inspire the same from your partner. Successful relationships take work and it is easier when you have the proper support. For couples who prefer to learn independentIy, I recently launched a 10-module pre-marital program called the Marriage Success Blueprint Program™ which you can learn more about here.


Feel free to contact me with any questions about my services and offerings. I look forward to working with you in the future. Many Blessings.

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