Weddings

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 bride’s story #7: The most important thing is that wedding happens at a time when family and friends can come together

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For this lovely couple the decision of postponing their wedding for the same date but one year later came up after a lot of consideration regarding their families. Adam’s family lives in the UK and even the slightest possibility of not being able to attend the wedding due to the pandemic flight restrictions was enough to make them change the date. Although this global pandemic has affected everyone, the impact differs depending the country in which each couple lives, the countries where their guests are coming from, the number of guests they want to invite and most of all the size of the compromise they are willing to accept. And everyone would agree that when this compromise concerns the family, then postponement is the only option.

Afroditi & Adam’s Story

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Adam & Afroditi

Where do you live and why did you choose Greece for your wedding?

We live together in Greece for the last 4 years. We chose Greece because we wanted to create memories with our families and friends in the place that we are currently building our common life.

What was the original date of your wedding?

July 24 2020

How many guests? And where are they coming from?

250. Mainly UK and Greece, we also have friends coming from few other EU countries.

What’s the new date, if you decide to reschedule?

July 24 2021

What helped you more into taking the decision of holding another date?

During the first two weeks of quarantine we were both determined to keep our original date. However, we are worried that our British family and friends who live abroad, would not be able to make it. In addition, for us the wedding is not only the day, but the period around it and we felt like missing the “build up” for our special day.

Which are the new steps you are going to follow?

We took the decision to postpone by 1 year, otherwise keeping the same date. Right now we are making all the necessary rearrangements and informing our friends and family.

What do your guests think about all this?

They are all very supportive.

What is your advice to other future 2020 couples struggling to make a decision?

The difficult part is making the decision and being ok with it.

The most important thing is that wedding happens at a time when family and friends can come together and enjoy the day as it should be. Understanding this has helped us a lot.
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Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as well. We will be answering some quick questions that reached our inbox on our IG stories very soon. If you miss them, look for them on our highlights!

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

A bride’s story #6: Focus on each other and trust that everything will work out for the best

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Peter and Candice live and work in Washington DC and are planning to have their wedding this September in Athens. Together we keep on planning and taking care of all the details of their upcoming wedding. They are optimistic yet conscious of the compromise that this decision might involve -like having a smaller number of guests. Safety by all means is our first priority but we can still have a simple yet elegant celebration which represent the personalities and taste of these two magnificent people.

Candice & Peter’s Story

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Candice & Peter

Where do you live and why did you choose Greece for your wedding?

We live in Washington, D.C. Greece holds a special place in our hearts! Peter proposed on the beach in Milos, and we wanted to share the amazing food, culture, and scenery of Greece with our families and closest friends. We loved everything about our time spent in Athens and the islands, and we can’t wait to go back (whenever that may be).

What is/was the original date of your wedding?

September 9 2020

How many guests? And where are they coming from?

65

What made you decide to hold your original date as is at the moment?

We decided to keep this date for now, stay positive, and adjust if necessary. The world is changing so quickly, so we just take it one day at time. Also, 09/09 is an auspicious date in Taiwanese culture meaning “forever.”

What do your guests think about all this?

We are so fortunate because our guests, specifically our parents and closest friends, support our decision no matter what we decide, and we try to keep them updated when we make any final decisions.

What was your wedding planner’s role in all of this?

Paraskevi has been very patient and helps keep us on track! She keeps us updated on any news in Greece and helps us focus on staying positive. We want our wedding filled with beautiful details no matter when it happens!

What is your advice to other future 2020 couples struggling to make a decision?

Take it day by day, and try not to worry about what you cannot control. Focus on each other and trust that everything will work out for the best. (Wise words from Candice’s mom!)

 

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Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as well. We will be answering some quick questions that reached our inbox on our IG stories very soon. If you miss them, look for them on our highlights!

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

A bride’s story #5: Even if this crisis is controlling your wedding date, don’t let it control your emotions!

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Our next story is this from Alex and Taya. This amazing couple lives and works in Washington DC, so many of their guests will travel from US to Greece this August in order to celebrate with them their special day. Being positive and cautiously optimistic, they are already prepared for a plan b if it comes down to that, but this doesn’t prevent them for continuing the preparations for this summer.

I will never forget the time Alex send me a message, declaring: “Paraskevi, I’m getting married this August no matter what, even if this take place into RockPaperScissors office”. Of course this shows the great sense of humor Alex has and his positive attitude towards all difficulties, but at the same time their profound belief that happiness lies in good will.

I couldn’t find anything more corresponding to the time we are going through than their advice to other couples: “Even if this crisis is controlling your wedding date, don’t let it control your emotions!”

Taya & Alex’s Story

Tell us your names

Taya Rizk & Alex Willson

Where do you live and why did you choose Greece for your wedding?

We live and work in Washington DC, but we chose Greece because Alex’s mother’s family is from Greece, and Taya’s family is from Egypt, so it just seemed like the perfect place for all our guests from the US, Europe, and Egypt to meet to celebrate our wedding.

What is/was the original date of your wedding?

August 31 2020

How many guests?

250

What’s the new date, if you decide to reschedule?

Spring 2021

What made you decide to hold your original date as is at the moment?

So far there is still hope that the current crisis will have ended by late August, and we would love to continue to plan our dream wedding instead of delaying, so for now we are holding on to that hope.

What do your guests think about all this?

For the most part, our guests are worried about the traveling, but they are also continuing to hope that we can do the wedding as planned.

What was your wedding planner’s role in all of this?

Our wedding planner from RockPaperScissors has done a wonderful job providing us with updates about the situation in Greece, while also giving us reassurances that if we need to reschedule, it won’t be a problem.

What is your advice to other future 2020 couples struggling to make a decision?

Even if this crisis is controlling your wedding date, don’t let it control your emotions! We have to remain positive throughout this crisis no matter what.

 

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Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as wellWe will be answering some quick questions that reached our inbox on our IG stories very soon. If you miss them, look for them on our highlights!

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

How to communicate your wedding’s postponement

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Since many of our May and June brides had to postpone their weddings due to COVID 19, we’d like to share with you the necessary steps to communicate this change of plans to your guests, after you’ve worked with all your vendors to nail down the new date.

 

Now that you’ve done all of the above we’d like to share with you two of the designs we worked with Atelier Invitations for two of our early 2020 brides that recently chose to postpone for September.

 

And don’t forget: When that big day comes, make sure to thank your families and guests for their support as well as all those people that moved mountains to make this happen!

Credits: Designs created by Αtelier Invitations

The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by The World Health Organization. As the situation remains fluid, we’ll be sharing tips and stories from our couples and we will also keep you up to date with the latest best practices for your weddings in Greece.

A bride’s story #4: At the end of the day, we’re lucky to have each other

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As these stories have been going on for some weeks now, we’re so happy to hear that our idea started to work out for our brides and others organizing their wedding in 2020, as we helped them navigate through the Covid – 19 noise.

There were brides that decided to postpone, like Heather and Kim and others that are true to their vision and cautious optimists in heart like Jessica.

Becky is one more bride that chose to postpone, since she only found out from her airline that it would not fly to Greece on her wedding day. We acted really fast so we moved their date as with previous couples to September.

 

Becky & Sherif’s Story

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Becky & Sherif

Where do you live and why did you choose Greece for your wedding?

I’m American and Sherif is from Egypt, but we both live in Dubai, which is where we met in 2017 and plan to call home for a while. We didn’t always know that Greece would be the perfect place for our wedding; we just knew initially that we didn’t want it to be in either of our home countries or in Dubai. As we are both avid travelers, a destination wedding was definitely more fitting for us.

We dreamed of a summer Mediterranean wedding: somewhere with great weather, lots of sunshine and beautiful landscapes for an outdoor event, that could also offer the right mix of European charm and vibrant nightlife for our guests. When we started narrowing down our options, Greece suddenly clicked for us and it was like “Yes, that’s it! Let’s do this.” We knew it would be the perfect vibe, easy for our Egyptian friends and family to access, and an ideal travel destination for guests hailing from other parts of the world. We couldn’t have picked a better place and venue—it’s turning out to be everything we hoped for.

What is/was the original date of your wedding?

June 25 2020

How many guests?

200

What helped you more into taking the decision of holding another date too?

The idea of rescheduling was so hard to come to terms with, as we had waited SO long and were coming up on the 90-day mark. It felt like we were finally almost there! But we didn’t really have a choice in the end. With COVID-19-related travel restrictions, flights from Dubai and the U.S. had already gotten cancelled, and we knew there would only be more to come. The most important thing to us is having the people we love by our sides to celebrate, so we couldn’t risk them not being able to get there. More importantly, we couldn’t risk the health and safety of our friends and family. So despite being a tough decision to accept, it was really a no-brainer.

Which are the new steps you are going to follow?

For the time being we’re just letting everyone know about the new date as quickly as possible. We won’t wait to send a formal save-the-date because most people need to cancel or move their flights and accommodations. We’re also planning a week-long sailing trip around the Greek Islands with 35 of our close friends immediately after the wedding, so we’re working on re-booking all of the boats.

Aside from that, we’re both doing our best to stay positive and avoid being discouraged by the things that we can’t control. At the end of the day, we’re lucky to have each other and grateful for all the amazing support from our loved ones. If we have to wait an extra 3 months for the best day of our lives, no problem— that’s certainly not the part we’re going to remember when we look back on our wedding many years from now.

What do your guests think about all this?

Our friends and family have been nothing short of incredible. A few days before we made the decision to postpone, one of our friends said to me “just know that whatever you’re going through, you have an army who loves you and supports you.” And that’s exactly how everyone made us feel when we shared the news. Every time someone tells us “you can count on us being there no matter what” or “we wouldn’t miss it,” it’s a reminder of how lucky we are to have these people who love us. We have an amazing support system—our “army”—and that makes us even more excited to share our special day with them.

What is your advice to other future 2020 couples struggling to make a decision?

First and foremost, don’t lose sight of what’s important: your marriage and your loved ones. Even if you have to wait a few more months for your big day, your marriage is the part that will go on for a lifetime, and the health and safety of your loved ones should be paramount.

Secondly, accept the things you cannot control. Don’t waste your energy worrying about the what-ifs and telling yourself that the wedding is ruined. It’s not! It’s just happening on a different date. Instead, focus on being grateful that you have the means to throw a wedding in the first place (not everyone gets to get married in Greece!) and for the beautiful life ahead of you.

Lastly, don’t stress. Recognise that your wedding planner is there for you. This is why we hire people like Helena and the RPS team, and they’re behind you 100% to make sure all the pieces get put back together.

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Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as well. We will be answering some quick questions that reached our inbox on our IG stories very soon. If you miss them, look for them on our highlights!

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

This is our fourth #helpabride story, this time also with a lovely video of our amazing couple that we thought we should share, too, since its truly inspiring song reminds us that “whatever comes, we will be just fine if I am yours and your are mine”!

Let’s keep on planning and take courage one from another. #keepworkingforlove

A bride’s story #3: Just make the decision and look forward to the future!

· Destination Weddings, RockPaperScissors, RPS Team, Wedding Planning, Weddings · , , , ,

Our couples are our protagonists and our absolute heroes. During these struggling times, having to face the dilemma of postponing your wedding or not can be, well, a lot. While being in constant touch with our brides and helping them navigate through the Covid-19 noise, we decided to bring them all together, even if miles apart.

This idea began after various calls and emails with all of you. We are all in this together and your voice and thoughts can be helpful to each other. So, we thought that by sharing them we could give everyone some hope, guidance and, of course, lift your spirits!

Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as well.

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

This is our third #helpabride story, this time through the lovely video our amazing couple sent us. Let’s keep on planning and take courage one from another. #keepworkingforlove

*Special thanks to Panagiotis Kastanidis for the ace video editing!

Kim & Vinnie’s Story

 

A bride’s story #2: It will be the biggest party of the year, hands down!

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Our couples are our protagonists and our absolute heroes. During these struggling times, having to face the dilemma of postponing your wedding or not can be, well, a lot. While being in constant touch with our brides and helping them navigate through the Covid-19 noise, we decided to bring them all together, even if miles apart.

This idea began after various calls and emails with all of you. We are all in this together and your voice and thoughts can be helpful to each other. So, we thought that by sharing them we could give everyone some hope, guidance and, of course, lift your spirits!

Each one of you is unique to us and so is your wedding. Since you come from different countries, different parameters apply to your decision about holding or postponing your initial date, making it unique as well.

We are here to help you go all the way, and so are our other couples with their stories.

This is our second #helpabride story. Let’s keep on planning and take courage one from another. #keepworkingforlove

Jessica & Pierre-Loic’s Story

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Jessica Djeziri & Pierre-Loic Jacquemin

Where do you live and why did you choose Greece for your wedding?

Originally in Paris, France, and during our engagement we decided that planning a wedding abroad wasn’t difficult enough and we moved further south to Lyon, France. We absolutely love Greece and its islands, the history, the landscapes, and of course the food!

What is/was the original date of your wedding?

May 23 2020

How many guests? And where are they coming from?

We have 70 guests, coming from France, Belgium, the UK, and Brazil.

What made you decide to hold your original date as is at the moment?

For now we’ve decided to stick to our initial plan, depending on the situation in France we might even be able to have our wedding on Pierre-Loic’s birthday as we planned!

What do your guests think about all this?

They are being very supportive, and they are anxious to be able to travel to Greece and celebrate to what will be the biggest party of the year, hands down!

What is your advice to other future 2020 couples struggling to make a decision?

Keep the faith, rely on your wedding planner to help you navigate these difficult times, and be grateful for having found the best life partner!

Keep Working For Love

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Wedding planning in the COVID-19 era

Dear friends, couples and colleagues,

As COVID-19 has clearly invaded our lives changing our life style and behaviour – hopefully for only the next few months – we wish to share with you a few thoughts.

In these challenging times, we, at Rock Paper Scissors Events, are leaning on our core values, Commitment, Professionalism, Teamwork and Respect, which have been our beacon since our inception almost ten years ago and have been the key ingredients in helping you building lifetime memories.

Undoubtedly, everyone’s utmost concern must be the personal health and safety of our families, employees, friends and ourselves. However, we are committed to continue guiding you to one of the best days of your life along with our esteemed partners and associates.

There is no single formula for doing this; however, we have already aligned our methodology to the new conditions.

Two things we know about crisis from our experience, they are all different, and they all end.

 We are firm believers that love prevails and we will do everything in our power to keep working for love. #keepworkingforlove #keepworkingforlife

And remember: We are all in this together.

Love and virtual hugs,
Helena, Paraskevi and the Rock Paper Scissors Team

Love Makes the World Go Round

Love Makes the World Go Round

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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.