Wedding Inspiration

The Costa Navarino Experience: Three days in a Mediterranean paradise

· Destination Weddings, Greek Summer, Luxury Weddings, RPS Team, Wedding Inspiration, Weddings · , , , ,
A good surprise is always welcome but even more so during unprecedented times and in the midst of a challenging summer. That’s why when Katerina Karipides, Senior Groups & Events Sales Manager at Costa Navarino, invited us to spend three days away from everything in a prime Mediterranean destination for a Wedding Experience Trip, well, our eyes filled with stars!
 
This initiative from the Costa Navarino team was a truly fantastic move on their part. Despite everything going on, they threw a spectacular 3-day getaway for us wedding planning professionals and gave us the rare opportunity to personally experience the premises and premium services of one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, an area that has been shaped by 4,500 years of history.
 
It was late noon when we arrived at the oasis that is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, where later that evening we enjoyed a lovely welcome dinner at The Dunes Golf Club: Classic and signature cuts, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area.
 
For the next two days, we treated ourselves to lushious breakfasts at Morias Restaurant, quality leisure time in between the glorious beach and the verdant olive groves that surround the luxury villas, a great lunch at Barbouni restaurant by the Navarino Dunes Beach and a glorious dinner at Da Luigi Restaurant in the Agora, where the chef mastered all the creativity and diversity of Italian cuisine, from the Alps to Sicily. Hey, it’s not a vacation without plenty of excellent food!
 
During our stay there, we got to know Costa Navarino for what it is, as far as our work is concerned: A place like no other, with unparalleled venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, that provide the precious gift of Greek hospitality for every kind of guest: from the company of friends, to the couples and the families. An Award Winning Luxury Holiday Destination in an enchanting seaside location, that features an exceptional range of deluxe rooms, as well as a wide array of leisure and entertainment choices for children and adults alike.
 
Most importantly, we had the chance to take part in heartfelt and fruitful conversations with our fellow planners, discussing our thoughts, ideas, hopes and dreams for our field and making plans for the future -planning and designing is what we do best, after all!
 
It was three days spent in a piece of Mediterranean heaven, one you can find only in Greece, and we couldn’t be more thankful to our hostess and our colleagues for turning it into a one of a kind summer experience.
 
Let’s hope that this time next year, it will be us who’ ll be setting everything up in a magical place like this one, making sure that everything runs smoothly and your wedding is turning out exactly as you’d dreamed of. The wedding planner’s work never stops, only pauses to fill up with inspiration and positive energy. And if you are lucky enough, it will happen in Costa Navarino.

A summer treat from RPS and Hermina Athens to you, with love

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It’s in the most challenging of times that one should stop, take a deep breath and remember the things they’re most grateful for having in their lives, now more than ever. That’s what we did the other day, we sat down and made a list of them. Other than the obvious -family, friends, good health- we highlighted two of the things we’re most lucky to enjoy right now:

For years, we’ve been having the joy and privilege to work with Greek lifestyle brands that stand out by creating products that are more than objects, they are experiences. So, we thought that it is high time we introduce them to you. This way we’ll get you acquainted with the unique aesthetic of modern Greek designers and provide you with a small but precious piece of Greece to have with you at any given time, even when far away from here.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to the amazing jewellery brand of an equally amazing Greek designer, very dear to our hearts: Hermina Athens.

With their own words:

Hermina is a selection of timeless pieces influenced by a rich heritage rooted in Greek mythology and art. The elements of asymmetry, roughness and appreciation of tradition give birth to unique jewellery leading the mind to a journey adorned with the sights and sounds of Greek summer life. With a deep love and respect for the beauty of the imperfect, to which we all owe our uniqueness, we create small treasures to be passed on from mothers to daughters, from elders to youngers.

Rock Paper Scissors has secured for you a 15% off for every purchase you make from Hermina Athens, just by using the discount code RPS15.

Now you can kick off the summer with a little treat from us. Enjoy!

Love Makes the World Go Round

Love Makes the World Go Round

· Destination Weddings, Wedding Inspiration, Weddings · , , , , ,

It’s All About Love

Believe in the power of love because it makes the world go round! Love is to be celebrated every day!

When we first met Annie and Ben in our offices, our feelings became clear that we should design an unconventional wedding. Annie is a surgeon and Ben is an owner of a tour agency in the French Alps, so they are both busy with their professions and they entrusted us to create for them something unique, traditionally Greek that reflected both personalities.

Annie and Ben had an orthodox ceremony at the venue’s chapel, and since this, a well known picturesque chapel we went overboard by creating a big asymmetrical garland. After the guests enjoyed their fresh lemonade and welcome drinks and the long olive oil station we have prepared.

The dinner that followed consisted of mercury vases and nude colored roses and greenery such as eucalyptus. The wind was our ally so the grey candles managed to be lit and created a unique ambiance during dinner along with the hanging string lights. A traditional candy bar with the wish book was also on the dance floor with Greek traditional sweets and dragees.

 

Words from our Bride

We met at Ben’s brother’s wedding. Ben was the Bestman and I was the best friend of the bride. Our wedding was held in the amazing Island Art & Taste, in the Athenian Riviera.

We knew it was the perfect location for our big day the moment we set our foot there. It was the best location in Athens with views of the sea and beautiful gardens. We wanted a relatively peaceful area, where our guests who were coming from the UK could also enjoy the beaches and have quick and easy access to the sights of Athens.

And although we had the usual bride & groom challenges to handle, the overall wedding experience was spectacular. Our wedding theme had all the design elements we wished for our Greek Summer Wedding.

The highlight of our big day was the free bar! Well, and the Olive Bar. The foreigners absolutely loved it. The DJ was also amazing. We still talk about the fireworks. It was a surprise from my father and it was the cherry on the cake of a beautiful evening. It helped that they were timed perfectly.

The only thing I would change would be the wedding video. We both regretted our decision to skip the videographer. I wish we had a video of our wedding day!

Love Makes The World Go Round

Love is to be celebrated!

Our agency strongly feels that love should know no boundaries and that needs to be celebrated in every form. Hence, when Karen and Isabel asked us if we would feel comfortable to organized their wedding there were no second thoughts! It was an absolute yes!

And even though this was our first time having to deal with the requests and vision of two brides in a wedding, this was a wedding we absolutely adored. And the reason is that we had this amazing opportunity to witness a deep love, with a rough enthusiasm, surrounded by their loved ones in a unique and raw place like Crete island where the feelings and surroundings are still authentic. Exactly as love should always be, authentic.

 

Words from our brides

We met in 2003 when we were 15 at an acting summer program and started dating when we were 27 in 2015! A meet up brunch between old friends became a wedding in Crete a few years later. In 2016, Isabel took Karen back to Princeton (where the summer program had taken place) and proposed in front of their old dorm room.

We got married in Agreco Farms in Crete. We decided after a few other ideas fell through and Agreco was suggested to us by RPS. Once we saw it everything fell into place as the perfect venue!

The only challenge we faced, being two brides with two opinionated moms made for extra input than usual, probably. But it all ended up fine. The biggest challenge was the time difference for planning, but even that ended up fine in the end.

We wanted something dreamy but of the earth and with many elemental touches for our wedding’s style. We wanted the natural beauty of an old farm in the hills overlooking the Aegean Sea to speak for itself. The décor and details embodied and embellished that beautiful space, with a few touches to anchor it stylistically and keep it slightly modern (ie; slate grey chargers and gold silverware).

Best decision: to get married to each other in Greece! Second best: working with RPS! Most memorable moment: when Isabel cut off the officiant to say her I Do’s early by mistake because she was so excited to say them!

Advice: be thorough, communicate often, stay organized! No regrets. “

Love Makes the World Go Round

It’s only love that you are feeling!

Pick Athens if you want to have an unforgettable Garden Inspired Wedding in Greece. After you see this wedding you will agree with us. Athens is one of the best wedding destinations in the world!

When the couple decided to get married, Athens was their first choice for their wedding day. They both love open garden weddings and Greece, so it was only natural to tie the knot in the most beautiful venue in Athens, Island Art & Taste.

We were thrilled to bits with their vision for their wedding. Having the opportunity to design and plan an elegant wedding for such a stylish bride was a blessing. With many personal touches, every single detail was carefully picked to agree with the couple’s vibes and personality. From the wedding invitation suite, wedding cake, flower arrangement, wedding reception styling, up to all the little details that transformed their wedding ceremony into an exceptional celebration of love!

The fireworks at the wedding party were spectacular. Beyond the delicious menu and plenty of drinks, the stunning Island Art & Taste views were more than amazing. Guests couldn’t get enough of the landscape and the warm Aegean Sea view. Lots of inspiration came from the love for blooming flowers that were part of the wedding decorations.

The ceremony took place at Island Art & Taste overlooking the Aegean Sea, and the couple exchanged personal vows in front of their friends & families.

Can you think of a more magical wedding? We definitely loved every single moment!

Love Makes the World Go Round

We Believe in Love!

We love weddings and we are devoted to creating unforgettable moments!

Greece is the perfect choice to organize your wedding and have the time of your life. Athens and all the Greek Islands are magical wedding locations all year long. When you find yourself next to the Aegean Sea, everything seems like a fairy tale. Even if we start to count our blessings here in Greece, we will need 10 lives to include all… Shall we start with the romantic whitewashed chapels surrounded by gorgeous sandy beaches? Popup the question and Rock Paper Scissors team will plan your dream destination wedding in Greece.

We are the creative agency that will design and produce the wedding of your dreams right from scratch. Say “Yes I do” and we’ll do all the rest… and that’s a promise! Feel free to send us a message at our contact page.

Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know

Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know

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Bridal Beauty Tips

Katerina Theocharis shared her golden list of Bridal Beauty Dos and Don’ts for all the brides to be. We are thrilled for having her valuable words of wisdom on our blog. We love our brides & grooms and we care for their wedding look, too!

Katerina said: “You have picked the dress of your dreams, you have arranged every little but significant detail of your wedding… You want everything to be perfect! Today, I am going to elaborate on some important do’s and don’ts of your bridal beauty, so you avoid wedding beauty disasters and rock that iconic look you were dreaming of!”

Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know
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Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know

Bridal Beauty DOs

Visit your beautician so she/he can customize the perfect face treatments and skincare products tailored for your own special needs. A few months before the wedding is the right time for facials and chemical peels. If – worse case scenario – something goes wrong, you have time to restore it!

Don’t change your beauty regime completely 3 month before the wedding. It’s not the right time for experimenting! You don’t want to have a risk of breaking out before the big day, do you?

Grow your eyebrows and get in touch with a brow specialist to create the ideal brow shape for you. You should try for a new shape at least 4 months before the wedding.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle, drink plenty of water, consume more fruits and vegetables so you stay hydrated and healthy. Bridal beauty needs that!

Exfoliate your skin and do regularly face masks, so you maintain a hydrated and healthy looking skin. But, don’t overdo it. You don’t want to risk a break out!

If you suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes, you can try cold slices of cucumber for 15’ every night. Cucumber hydrates the area and the cool temperature increases blood microcirculation and helps the eyes look more relaxed.

Apply sunscreen every day to avoid any discoloration or hyper-pigmentation on your skin. There are many non-comedogenic sunscreens in the market to stay out of the way of any unneeded break-outs!

Elegant Wedding in Athens Riviera
Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know
Top Bridal Beauty Tips Every Bride Should Know

Bridal Beauty DON’Ts

If you and your make-up artist have agreed to put artificial eyelashes on the wedding, avoid doing permanent lash lift or putting semi-permanent lash extensions. Lash lift creates a shape on your lashes that makes the artificial lashes look odd and it is recommended not to use artificial lashes on lash extensions.

Don’t stress too much. Try to rest, do things that help you feel relaxed and happy. Stress is not a good advisor and affects your bridal beauty!

Don’t overdo it with suntanning or solarium. UV rays dehydrate the skin and too-much tanning won’t result to that classy bride you where dreaming of!

Don’t eat too much salt the week before the wedding. Since sodium holds 50 times its weight in water, cutting back can help you feel way less bloated the week of your wedding.

 

Visit Katerina Theocharis’s Blog for more useful beauty tips.

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Introducing RPSevents GIFs Collection

Introducing RPSevents GIFs Collection

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Introducing RPSevents GIFs Collection

Who said weddings can’t be inspiring? For sure, Instagram posts and stories can be as inspiring as you wish with RPSevents GIFs Collection! We are thrilled to announce that RPSevents GIFs Collection is here to stay and further enhance your Instagram Stories. Let’s walk you through the amazing design journey of our GIFs Collection.

We are big admirers and admittedly heave users of Instagram ourselves. We love GIFs but any time we were looking for a GIF to upgrade our stories, we never came  up with something that appealed to our taste. But then it hit us… why not create our own branded GIFs for all of our couples and guests to enjoy? So here it is, a brand new RPSevents GIFs Collection that we promise to constantly update!

 

How to Use RPSevents GIFs Collection

Enter your Instagram account and start creating your new Story. Upload your photos and enter the GIFs Instagram Library. Now type the magical word RPSEVENTS and here they are, hot & fresh out of our design oven. Alternatively you can type the GIF you’re looking for (eg. Wedding bliss, bride squad, groom squad, wedding bliss etc) and our GIFs will be there, too.

We love all our married couples and soon-to-be-married couples and we are giving them a reason to smile as they mean the world to us. Our main goal is to spread happiness and joy! Don’t forget to use hashtag #rpsevents or even tag us on your stories! Go, go, go and try our GIFs, now!

 

Wedding Inspiration GIFs

Admit it! Good taste and humor make our life much better, right? That’s why we created this edgy GIFs collection. Feel free to use our GIFs for your wedding day and celebrations. Spread the news with your bridal and groom squad or even drop us a line with the GIFs you want us to create next!

Giving a new meaning to wedding Instagram GIFs with our brand new collection of Insta GIFs! Visit Instagram stories GIF library, type RPSEVENTS and add any of our new GIFs! 

RPS Events Team – Your Event Designers!

We are the creative agency that will design and produce the wedding of your dreams right from scratch. Say “Yes I do” and we’ll do all the rest… and that’s a promise! Feel free to send us a message at our contact page. No hidden strings attached or any obligation whatsoever. We love weddings and we are devoted to creating unforgettable moments, so we would love to hear back from you!