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.
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:
- Living in a country like Greece, which is a true blessing.
- Working with couples from all over the world that appreciate the way we design and style our weddings as much as we do. This is what makes our job special.
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!