Karina O’Donnell is a fully trained Independent Celebrant based in Kent.  She set up Simply Ceremonies Uk in 2014 and has been privileged to have created and been a part of more than 50 Wedding celebrations plus Vow renewals, Baby naming ceremonies and numerous Funerals in these last three years.

Karina has created Wedding ceremonies which have been held at various locations in Kent. These include Westenhanger and Lympne castle, The Old Kent barn, High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells, The Thatched barn at Farthingloe, The Red barn at Capel, The RAF club in Mayfair and also Craig y nos castle in Wales. Karina has also worked with couples who have wanted to hold their ceremony at home, in woodland and on the beach at Dymchurch. (this wedding was filmed for television in 2015)

Karina originally owned Pumpkins and Dragonflies, a beautiful wedding dress boutique in the centre of Folkestone. After 10 years of bridal retail, Karina decided it was time to close the shop and this gave her the opportunity to retrain as an Independent celebrant. Her enthusiasm and passion for weddings continues in her new career and because she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the wedding industry, she is the perfect person to offer you inspiration, ideas and the chance to work with some incredibly talented and professional wedding  suppliers.

Jeska and Mark in the woods
Karina has worked with some of the most stunning and professional venues and suppliers in Kent, so you know that if you entrust her to create your ceremony, you are entrusting a true professional. She is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants and My Wedding Professionals. Karina has been a Finalist in the Kent Wedding awards ( 2017) Kent Independent traders awards ( 2016 and 2017), Kent women in Business ( 2015 and 2016) and was runner up in the Guides for Brides awards for Customer Service (2017)
Karina was awarded the Winner for Kent Women in Business “Professional Achievement award” for 2017.
With over 25 years of experience in the wedding industry Karina brings knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm to help create a ceremony for you that is personal, unique and incredibly special.

Karina married her childhood sweetheart, Peter in 1989 and they have 3 grown-up children. In October 2004, Karina and her husband Peter renewed their marriage vows at Knowle House in Higham. This was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony with family and friends. Their 25th wedding anniversary was a black tie, murder mystery for 70 guests at Lympne castle.

Please take a look at this brief video to see Karina in action. This was a part-religious wedding ceremony in Westenhanger castle from 2015.


Please contact Karina today. She’s friendly, passionate and would be very happy to discuss your ceremony ideas with you.