I’ve never been to Crete but if this destination wedding is any clue to what it’s like, sign me up for a flight pronto. It’s no wonder these New Yorkers chose this Greek island to say “I do” with its postcard-worthy views and an ambiance that takes over all who step foot there (or in this case, any of us who are lucky enough to view Anna Roussos’ pics and Olive Tree Films’ clip). Rock Paper Scissors Events took that energy and scattered it throughout this rustic elegant affair – and it’s all in our VAULT for us to enjoy!
From the Bride… Living in New York City you meet a lot of people, but chances are those people never seem to quite catch your eye – with Anis things were different. From our first meeting things went fast, there was an instant attraction. It wasn’t about going out to a bar, or fancy dinners, it was about adventure, excursions and getting to know each other. I took a chance and decided to join him on a work trip to LA. I thought if we get along traveling so soon in our relationship it was something worth investing in. I was right. From then on out we spent every minute together. After we got engaged we knew we didn’t want to wait to get married. So six months to the day of our engagement we said I do.
We always knew we wanted to get married in Europe. Being Greek-American it made it a little easier for me to plan our wedding in a place that I was familiar with. We also wanted to make it easy for our guests flying from all over the world so Crete made the most sense. Ironically, Anis had been to Elounda before but I hadn’t.
Planning a destination wedding is not an easy task. Especially in the 5ish months we planned it in. Our wedding planners Helena and Paraskevi of Rock Paper Scissors were absolutely the reason why everything went so smoothly. Their vendors were top-rate and executed everything better than we imagined.
We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. It was not only about us getting married, but about enjoying time with the people that meant most to us. We aimed to create a natural, intimate setting and a place where people could really have fun.
From Rock Paper Scissors Events… Elaina was definitely one of our most delicate and fancy brides. So elegant in her manners though completely aware of the style she was going for, she didn’t settle for anything but the best for her one big day. She wanted an organic and elegant feeling and we tried to embrace the magnificent Cretan surroundings and incorporate the absolute stunning views into our concept. And I think we did great! Elaina and Anis are a couple truly in love and along with their families and friends they got one great night of celebration and many more afterwards in the Greek islands. Crete is definitely a romantic destination and we hope that Anis and Elaina will live happily ever after.
Photography: Anna Roussos Photography | Cinematography: Olive Tree Films | Event Planning + Design + Decor: Rock Paper Scissors Events | Wedding Dress: Katerine Phillips & Annie Lewis | Invitations: Ceara Teixeira | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Venue: Elounda Mare Hotel | DJ + Lighting: Music Essentials | Furniture Rentals: Zazoo | Table Set-up Rentals: White Lilac