Exclusive: Go Inside Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg's Halloween Weekend Wedding!
Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg
Some couples have a thing for holidays. Take Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg. It was during the Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus season in December 2013 that Bryan, the singer-songwriter and One Tree Hill actor, popped the question. He rented the penthouse suite at the Hotel Vitale in Jamie's hometown of San Francisco, which has panoramic views of the bay and bridge. As the sun set, he sang a song he'd written about them before getting down on his knee, recalls Jamie, the Once Upon a Time actress and fashionista behind the style blog What the Chung
? "He was sneaky, too, recording the whole surprise on a tablet!" she says.
For their big day, the pair decided to tie in another holiday, launching a three-day celebration with a welcome dinner on Halloween eve—costumes required. "We thought it would be a fun way to break the ice," says Jamie. Since the only thing they love as much as a great party is the great outdoors, they hosted the whole weekend at El Capitan Canyon, a nature-chic resort near El Capitán State Beach in California, outside of Santa Barbara. Both Jamie and Bryan had camped growing up and loved the idea of guests bunking in cabins or tents amid groves of oak and sycamore. To complement the setting, Jamie gave her planner, Lisa Vorce, a photo of a sunset as inspiration for the peach, pink, and neutral color palette.
Once all 243 guests were on-site, the fun kicked off at the "Boos & Booze" bash, with ghosts, ghouls, and glamour girls joining in a Mexican buffet and a costume contest. "It was a blast seeing how creative everyone got," says Jamie. On October 31, 2015, the day after the tricks, came the treat: a sunny afternoon ceremony on a hilltop where the duo exchanged nondenominational vows they'd written themselves before Bryan stepped on a glass, honoring Jewish tradition.
Afterward, everyone followed a path to cocktail hour in a vast meadow surrounded by mountain views. They sipped blood-orange margaritas and noshed on vegetable egg rolls, sesame chicken skewers, and stuffed fire-roasted peppers while Bryan's musician friends played. When one of the couple's favorite songs, The Beatles' "Real Love," started up, the newlyweds had an impromptu twirl right then and there. After the alfresco dinner of Caesar salad, Angus tri-tip, grilled chicken, and roasted potatoes, they had their official "first dance" to "All the Way Down," performed by their friend, musician John Graney. Soon everyone joined in, and it was dancing and bonfires late into the night—a fitting way to kick off a lifetime of special occasions.
The Invitation Suite
A Halloween Welcome Gathering
The tables were dressed in Halloween finery, with charcoal clay pottery skulls, ebony glassware, black-and-gold cutlery, gold foil-stamped menus, and pampas grass. In keeping with the Day of the Dead décor, costume-clad attendees dug into a Mexican buffet of fajitas and beans and rice.
Boos and Booze
While guests brought the boos, servers passed trays with booze: vodka-spiked lavender lemonades, garnished with plastic spiders. Custom ForYourParty cocktail napkins helped further set the theme.
The Couple, In Costume
The duo in disguise: Bryan as Marty from Back to the Future Part II and Jamie as the leader of Troop Beverly Hills.
Custom papel picado from Casa Bonampak combined wedding imagery and Day of the Dead motifs in keeping with the theme of the welcome party.
The Parents of the Groom
The groom's parents came as Colonel Sanders and Flo, the insurance rep from the Progressive ads.
A Spooky Surprise
One guest arrived at the Boos & Booze welcome party straight from Star Wars.
Pick Your Poison
The bar invited partygoers to "Pick Your Poison." Popular choices included Avión tequila shots and a specialty drink of Tito's vodka, fresh lemon juice, St. Germain, lavender simple syrup, and soda water.
A Group Getup
Jamie and her bridesmaids rocked a group costume as Troop Beverly Hills.
Lighting Up the Night
Luminaria bags featuring Day of the Dead imagery added to the festive spirit.
An Outdoor Fiesta
String lights draped in custom papel picado
lit up the night, as did two bonfires.
A pal came as David Bowie in full Ziggy Stardust mode.
Dressed to Impress
The wrestler "Randy 'Macho Man' Savage" crashed the party via this suited-up guest.
It wouldn't be camping without s'mores, which guests roasted over bonfires after the buffet dinner.
An Artful Approach
"Frida Kahlo" was also in attendance.
Representing the fashion world, "Anna Wintour" and "Karl Lagerfeld" made an appearance. "Seeing our friends and family really go all out on theircostumes for the rehearsal dinner was amazing. The excitement was so great—we kept the party going around the bonfires all night," says Bryan of a memorable moment.
Awards were given for the most creative costumes, including "Most Likely to Get You Arrested," "Requiring Most Explanation," and the "I'm Wearing 'That' Next Year" award.
Welcome to Camp
Upon arrival at El Capitan Canyon, guests received brown paper bag care packages that were gold foil-stamped with the day's logo and filled with provisions including snacks and bottled water.
The day of the wedding, the couple's flag flew from a flagpole on the path to the ceremony, transforming the resort into Camp Chung-Greenberg (and echoing the design of the invitations).
The couple scheduled family photos and wedding-party portraits before the vows so they wouldn't miss any of their cocktail hour. But it was important for Jamie that her gown be a surprise at the ceremony. The solution? She wore her Jonathan Simkhai reception dress for photos, switched into the Monique Lhuillier silk tulle and lace ceremony gown for the main event, then changed back.
Here, Jamie in her Jonathan Simkhai gown with her 'maids in custom dresses from Privacy Please.
Moon Canyon Design created bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, amaryllis, ranunculus, cactus, and mixed foliage, for the bridesmaids to carry, complementing their pale blue, cream, and gray custom dresses.
Boutonnieres of ranunculus, eucalyptus, straw flower, acacia, tuberose, and oak leaf were worn by groomsmen.
Leather tags labeled bottles of iced tea, lemonade, and water at a hydration station.
Toss bags were printed with the arrow motif.
The pair exchanged vows under a chuppah adorned with olive branches and wild grasses. Bryan processed to an a capella version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys and Jamie entered to "Lay Down" by Son Little.
Stomping the Glass
A linen bag calligraphed by Anne Robin held the glass Bryan stepped on at the ceremony.
The newlyweds recessed amid a shower of pink and peach rose petals as Hugo's cover of "99 Problems" played. "We picked this song together," Jamie says of the unconventional option. "We thought it was fun."
Heading To Cocktail Hour
Guests Abbie Cornish (Jamie's costar from Sucker Punch) and Jacqueline King strolled to the party.
The Best Man
Bryan with his best man, Jonathan Azu.
Blood-orange margaritas were served from trays bearing a combo of the couple's last names, along with foil-stamped napkins by ForYourParty sporting the arrow motif surrounding the newlyweds' initials.
A Special Performance
During cocktail hour, Bryan surprised revelers—and his bride—by serenading her with "All the Roads."
Rose gold-painted mini clipboards held escort cards and doubled as souvenirs.
Enjoying Cocktail Hour
Designer Gillian Rose Kern and actor-director Joey Kern were happy campers.
Fill in the Blanks
During cocktail hour, guests filled out fun, Mad Libs-style questionnaires for the newlyweds to read postwedding.
All in the Family
The bride's proud father (left) and uncle got into the spirit, flashing smiles—and a peace sign.
The Reception Table
Votive candles and centerpieces of garden roses, dahlias, tuberoses, ranunculus, acacia, and straw flowers lined long tables.
The Table Numbers
Growlers displayed table numbers and the menu.
The Place Settings
Each place setting included a smoky-gray glass, copper tumbler and flatware, and a hand-dyed pale pink organic gauze napkin topped by a leather place card and a sprig of tuberose.
A Sweet Cake
Dessert was a vanilla-malt cake by Sheila Mae topped with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream frosting and fresh garden roses, acacia, straw flowers, and dried leaves.
A Stenciled Pathway
A path was stenciled with gold arrowheads, pointing guests toward the bonfires.
Dancing the Hora
The newlyweds hung onto their seats during the hora. The party kept going with guests dancing in a nearby tent. "A great DJ was key," says Jamie, "because music and fun were our two most important priorities. Our friend Mel DeBarge came from New York City to be ours, and we had crazy dance parties both nights."
Location and catering, El Capitan Canyon
Event design, production, and specialty décor, Lisa Vorce Co
Flowers and décor, Moon Canyon Design
Photography for the magazine, Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Photography for the couple, Jana Williams Photography
Videography, Artisan Production
Stationery, Amber Moon Design
Printing (foil, letterpress, and digital), Czar Press
Calligraphy, Anne Robin Calligraphy
Cake, Sheila Mae
Music, Mel DeBarge
Cocktail service, Simply Cocktails
Bride's ceremony gown and veil, Monique Lhuillier
Bride's reception gown, Jonathan Simkhai
Hair, Daniel Mora
Makeup, Kira Nasrat
Bridesmaids' dresses, Privacy Please x Jamie Chung
Bridesmaids' earrings, Sachi Jewelry
Groom's wedding ring, Tacori
Menswear, The Black Tux
Lighting and draping, Bella Vista Designs
Papel picado, paper floral, and luminarias, Casa Bonampak
Cocktail napkins, ForYourParty.com
Security, Case Detective Agency
Sound, Elite Disc Jockeys