All About
Simply Ceremonies Team

Karina

I am Karina O’Donnell, owner of Simply Ceremonies. I’m an experienced, multi-award winning, friendly and creative celebrant living and commuting between my home county of Kent and Powys on the Welsh/Shropshire borders.

I have been married to an incredible man since 1989 and we have 3 adult children and 2 cats. I enjoy good food, cocktails, books and am a lover of the outdoors, especially enjoying woodland walks or those along riverbanks and I’m really lucky to work at some wonderful venues with stunning grounds which my couples can choose for their ceremony area.

I write personal ceremonies and work hard for my couples and families. Every wedding or naming ceremony is as important to me as it is to them. I want you all to start your wedded life with a fabulous and memorable event, matching your style and personality and giving your guests something they will enjoy and talk about in the future.

I love working within the wedding industry and spend my spare time running bi-monthly wedding supplier networking events. I also mentor other celebrants in business and have recently ( in lockdown 2020) set up an online jewellery retail business www.arianharejewellery.co.uk which sells affordable, contemporary and bridal jewellery.

Yvonne

Yvonne trained with the UKSoc in 2015 and creates both weddings and funerals. Having lived in Kent for most of her life, Yvonne has moved to the Costa Brava in Spain and offers wedding ceremonies both home and away.

Yvonne’s passion is working with couples who want to celebrate their relationship, helping them to express their promises and vows to each other and telling a story that people will talk about for years to come.

Yvonne is mother to two wonderful sons and a loving grandma too.

She has recently moved to Spain to achieve her life long dream of living there permanently, but she still travels back to the U.K. to visit family and take wedding ceremonies. She also officiates at funeral and memorial services when she is in the Uk, working mainly with Funeral Directors in the Medway area.

Yvonne has a wide range of interests and hobbies including an interest in meditation, psychology and alternative healing modalities. She loves attending live music events and you may find her dancing on a chair or the dance floor late into the night.

Yvonne has worked with Simply Ceremonies on a number of Handfasting and wedding ceremonies prior to joining the team in August 2021.

Robin

Robin trained with FOIC in 2019 and has spent his first two years specialising in funeral and memorial services. He has created over 500 celebrations of life and works across Kent, Sussex, London and Surrey and was recipient of the FOIC winners award for “New business” in 2021.

Robin is currently training as an Interfaith minister and started his wedding journey with Simply Ceremonies in Sept 21 by officiating at a number of outdoor, glamping/festival style weddings across Kent.

Robin is married to Louise, has two young sons and wants to offer his couples a wedding ceremony as joyful and as memorable as his own. He loves working outdoors but would be equally as comfortable in the Painted Hall at Greenwich.

He currently lives in Bexleyheath and willingly commutes into London for ceremonies. He is happy to create weddings at short notice if you are thinking of “eloping” from around the world and want a quintessentially English ceremony.

Robin is an avid football fan supporting his local team, Arsenal. He also enjoys baking and sailing and was the youngest sailing instructor in the U.K. at the age of 16. Although he nearly drowned in the river Thames when he fell in at the age of 12, it didn’t put him off and he has raced around Cowes and will sail almost anything.

Robin enjoys travelling and will conduct ceremonies in the U.K. and further afield.

Trisha

Trisha trained with FOIC in 2018 after booking Karina to create the funeral service for her Mum. Trisha specialises in weddings and Handfasting ceremonies and is an active member of a Morris dancing troupe.

Trisha started by creating wedding ceremonies for her friends and joined Simply Ceremonies in Sept 2021. She lives near Tenterden and predominantly covers ceremonies in Kent and Sussex but is happy to travel. Trisha loves nothing better than spiritual ceremonies at Stone Henge and is recommended by Chalice Wells in Glastonbury.

Trisha is married to Mark and has one son who lives in France. She is also fur-mummy to two Cocker Spaniels.

Trisha creates very personal wedding ceremonies, full of story-telling and creative rituals. She can’t say No!

Trisha is an award winning artist and has created many stunning paintings throughout her career. One painting of the Battersea Power station was purchased and used as their 10ft tall hoarding during the building renovations.

Trisha also creates silver memorial jewellery incorporating cremation ashes, pet hair and breast milk. Her business website is www.Trishawood.com. Simply Ceremonies is not affiliated to this business but we are happy to recommend her and she did create a stunning heart shaped necklace which included sand from a special sand ceremony held at the Celebrant Collective retreat in Spain attended by Karina in 2018.

Trisha won the Kent women in business award for Creative Women in Arts in 2018.

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