Exclusive: Go Inside Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg's Halloween Weekend Wedding!

Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The actress-style blogger and actor-singer-songwriter headed to a rustic lodge for three days of love and laughter—and some pretty amazing costumes.

01 of 44

Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

02 of 44

The Invitation Suite

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The foil-pressed invitation designed by Amber Moon Design was printed with a watercolor design in the day's color scheme; reply cards introduced an arrowhead motif.

03 of 44

A Halloween Welcome Gathering

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

04 of 44

Boos and Booze

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

05 of 44

The Couple, In Costume

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The duo in disguise: Bryan as Marty from Back to the Future Part II and Jamie as the leader of Troop Beverly Hills.

06 of 44

Custom Décor

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Custom papel picado from Casa Bonampak combined wedding imagery and Day of the Dead motifs in keeping with the theme of the welcome party.

07 of 44

The Parents of the Groom

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The groom's parents came as Colonel Sanders and Flo, the insurance rep from the Progressive ads.

08 of 44

A Spooky Surprise

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

One guest arrived at the Boos & Booze welcome party straight from Star Wars.

09 of 44

Pick Your Poison

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

10 of 44

A Group Getup

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Jamie and her bridesmaids rocked a group costume as Troop Beverly Hills.

11 of 44

Lighting Up the Night

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Luminaria bags featuring Day of the Dead imagery added to the festive spirit.

12 of 44

An Outdoor Fiesta

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

String lights draped in custom papel picado

lit up the night, as did two bonfires.

13 of 44

Rocking Out

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

A pal came as David Bowie in full Ziggy Stardust mode.

14 of 44

Dressed to Impress

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The wrestler "Randy 'Macho Man' Savage" crashed the party via this suited-up guest.

15 of 44

S'more Fun

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

It wouldn't be camping without s'mores, which guests roasted over bonfires after the buffet dinner.

16 of 44

An Artful Approach

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

"Frida Kahlo" was also in attendance.

17 of 44

Fashionable Disguises

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

18 of 44

Award-Winning Costumes

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

19 of 44

Welcome to Camp

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

20 of 44

Custom Flags

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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).

21 of 44

The Bridesmaids

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

22 of 44

Bridesmaids' Bouquets

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

23 of 44

The Groomsmen

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Bryan (in a navy Hugo Boss tuxedo and black bow tie from Nordstrom) chose groomsmen from key phases of his life: three friends from high school in St. Louis, two from college at New York University, a longtime pal from his time in Los Angeles, and his music producer.

24 of 44

The Boutonnieres

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Boutonnieres of ranunculus, eucalyptus, straw flower, acacia, tuberose, and oak leaf were worn by groomsmen.

25 of 44

Preceremony Refreshments

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Leather tags labeled bottles of iced tea, lemonade, and water at a hydration station.

26 of 44

Toss Bags

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Toss bags were printed with the arrow motif.

27 of 44

The Ceremony

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

28 of 44

Stomping the Glass

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

A linen bag calligraphed by Anne Robin held the glass Bryan stepped on at the ceremony.

29 of 44

The Newlyweds

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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."

30 of 44

Heading To Cocktail Hour

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Guests Abbie Cornish (Jamie's costar from Sucker Punch) and Jacqueline King strolled to the party.

31 of 44

The Best Man

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Bryan with his best man, Jonathan Azu.

32 of 44

Signature Cocktails

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

33 of 44

A Special Performance

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

During cocktail hour, Bryan surprised revelers—and his bride—by serenading her with "All the Roads."

34 of 44

Mini Clipboards

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Rose gold-painted mini clipboards held escort cards and doubled as souvenirs.

35 of 44

Enjoying Cocktail Hour

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Designer Gillian Rose Kern and actor-director Joey Kern were happy campers.

36 of 44

Fill in the Blanks

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

During cocktail hour, guests filled out fun, Mad Libs-style questionnaires for the newlyweds to read postwedding.

37 of 44

All in the Family

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The bride's proud father (left) and uncle got into the spirit, flashing smiles—and a peace sign.

38 of 44

The Reception Table

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Votive candles and centerpieces of garden roses, dahlias, tuberoses, ranunculus, acacia, and straw flowers lined long tables.

39 of 44

The Table Numbers

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Growlers displayed table numbers and the menu.

40 of 44

The Place Settings

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

41 of 44

A Sweet Cake

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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.

42 of 44

A Stenciled Pathway

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

A path was stenciled with gold arrowheads, pointing guests toward the bonfires.

43 of 44

Dancing the Hora

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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."

44 of 44


Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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

Rentals, Borrowed Blu; Classic; Élan Event Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linen

Bride's ceremony gown and veil, Monique Lhuillier

Bride's reception gown, Jonathan Simkhai

Bride's accessories: Sachi Jewelry earrings; Johnathon Arndt engagement ring; Tacori wedding ring; Jimmy Choo ceremony shoes; Stuart Weitzman reception shoes

Hair, Daniel Mora

Makeup, Kira Nasrat

Bridesmaids' dresses, Privacy Please x Jamie Chung

Bridesmaids' earrings, Sachi Jewelry

Groom's ensemble, Hugo Boss from Nordstrom

Groom's wedding ring, Tacori

Menswear, The Black Tux

Lighting and draping, Bella Vista Designs

Alcohol, Tequila Avión; Budweiser beer; The Macallan The Whisky

Papel picado, paper floral, and luminarias, Casa Bonampak

Cocktail napkins, ForYourParty.com

Security, Case Detective Agency

Sound, Elite Disc Jockeys

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles