Here are the highlights: Born and raised in Ottawa, wife to a wonderful woman named Kat, mom to the cutest Boston Terrier ever (Phyn), competitive curler, and lover of the outdoors, red wine

and anything with chocolate.


Interested in learning more? Read on below, and then get in touch to tell me about you! 

Karen Trines - wedding officiant Ottawa and gatineau

I'm Karen!

I have been planning weddings for TEN YEARS (hard to believe I'm old enough to have done anything professionally for ten years... but I digress). That's ten years of ceremonies and celebrations and wonderful couples that I have been honoured to work with. As a planner, I have been responsible for pulling together the florals, the music, the food and drink... but I found that I was missing the connection to my clients during the ceremony, which is, after all, the most important part of the day!

This is what led me to my training to become a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant and Wedding Officiant. I am overjoyed to now have the opportunity to connect with couples in a completely different way, and to help my couples bring the focus back to the real meaning behind their big celebrations: the love and the promises they are making to each other.

After all, without an officiant, it's just an expensive party!

Photo by Lauren McCormick Photography


Karen Trines - wedding officiant Ottawa and gatineau
Karen Trines - wedding officiant Ottawa and gatineau

My wife Kat and I on our wedding day! Photo by Tara Lilly Photography