Lisa Marie Hart 2017-12-06 04:52:17
Tim O’Brien and Kasia Najdek’s traditional wedding at Montage Kapalua Bay was an intimate summer gathering in paradise. Before Tim O’Brien and Kasia Najdek set foot on the pristine beaches of the tropical retreat that is Montage Kapalua Bay, they had considered running off and eloping. “Neither of us wanted a big wedding,” Kasia says. “At this point in our lives, being surrounded by the people we love the most was all we needed.” During a Maui vacation the year before they planned to wed, however, they were greeted by the scenic paradise at Montage Kapalua Bay, and their vision changed completely. “We knew then, this was the place,” Kasia recalls. “The grassy knoll, the gorgeous protected inlet and beach, and, of course, the Cliff House,” a private dining venue built in the 1940s. “It was exactly where we wanted to get married and celebrate with our family and closest friends.” On June 3, 2017, a gracious spirit of aloha enveloped the couple and their guests for an intimate, ocean-view celebration. The newlyweds, who live in Marina Del Rey, California, just outside Los Angeles, had brought 28 guests back to the breathtaking resort that first inspired them to share their big day with loved ones. For a pair who got engaged after running through the snow to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Squaw Valley, California, the balmy, sun-dappled days at Montage Kapalua Bay offered a warm welcome into their new life together. “One of the most exciting things about having a destination wedding is the week leading up to the ceremony,” Tim says. “We wanted our guests to have a number of days together before the ceremony in a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Chy Charles, our Montage wedding coordinator, made everything so easy for us.” On Thursday, Kasia was surrounded by her best girls at her bridal shower brunch before the wedding rehearsal on the Namalu Lawn, followed by cocktails and appetizers. On Friday, the couple chartered a private 65-foot catamaran for a day of sailing and scuba diving. “It was the perfect way to spend the day before our wedding with our family and closest friends,” Tim says. Relaxed and sun-kissed, guests took their seats in bamboo chairs for the Saturday evening ceremony overlooking picturesque Kapalua Beach. Swaying palms rustled from the gentle Hawaiian sea breezes, which delicately fluttered Kasia’s veil. Kasia’s oldest brother, Tom, walked her down the aisle, where Tim’s dad, whom the couple had nicknamed “Father O’Brien” for the day, married them. “Kasia’s vows were so creative and personal that all of our guests both laughed and cried,” Tim says of a memory dear to his heart. As for Kasia, “My favorite part was kissing my husband right after Father O’Brien said, ‘You may kiss your bride, son.’ It was the best day of my life.” The sweet sounds from a local island trio continued on as music for the cocktail reception, where “Big Joe’s Bar” served as a dedication to Kasia’s late father, Joe. Guests then made their way to dinner at the Cliff House, a one-of-akind historic structure nestled on the cliffs of Namalu Bay where floor-to-ceiling windows frame spectacular sunset views over the water. “Our vision was very traditional: whites, tans and neutrals,” Kasia says. The soft, clean color scheme let the natural beauty of the island and Maui’s vibrant colors become their event’s enchanting backdrop. At long, family-style, wooden farm tables paired with gold Chiavari chairs, guests savored a multicourse meal that showcased the chef ’s expert pairing of filet and lobster. The sun slipped behind the horizon as the trio struck up a lilting acoustic version of “All of Me” for Tim and Kasia’s first dance. While the adults dined at the Cliff House, the younger wedding guests gathered in a special suite catered just for them. Afterward, the children came down in time for the cake cutting. The three-tier, gluten-free “naked cake” by Maui Sugar Shop wore a golden hashtag topper that read #KasiaAndTim. Each tier revealed three light-as-summer flavors including pink velvet, vanilla, strawberry, coconut and blueberry. “That’s when a pair of fire dancers surprised our guests on the rocks across the bay from the Cliff House,” Tim adds. “It was a wonderful touch offered by Montage.” Leading up to their Maui wedding escape, Kasia was grateful to have a groom who loves planning. “Tim was a huge help in putting together the entire week and our special day,” she says. “And Chy assisted us and made sure every detail was covered. Planning from a distance is never easy, but Chy gave us a ton of comfort and made the whole process easy and enjoyable. The entire Montage staff provided a five-star experience and catered to all of our needs. Everyone was impressed and happy. Even before the wedding, Tim and I embraced the planning process and ended up enjoying every moment of it.” Wedding Planner: Chy Charles, Catering Manager, Montage Kapalua Bay Photographer: Mike Adrian Photographers Videographer: Zeb Films Hawaii Getting Ready Bride’s dress: Vera Wang Groom’s suit: Giorgio Armani Hair and makeup for bride and flower girl: Maui Makeup Artistry Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Venue: Namalu Lawn at Montage Kapalua Bay Floral design: Maverick Events Band: Josh Kahula Trio Reception Venue: Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay Floral design: Maverick Events Band: Josh Kahula Trio Cake: Maui Sugar Shop Fire dancers: Manutea Nui E Calligrapher for bar menu and name tags: Miss B. Calligraphy
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