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    His successful career all began as a Corporate Event Planner until his tenure as Catering Manager for luxury hotels such as The Portman Hotel and The Pan Pacific Hotel San Francisco, The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco & Chicago, General Manager and Director of Events at The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building, and at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel San Francisco as their Catering Manager for Weddings and Social Events.

    His impressive accolades have given him credentials to recognize him as an Independent Food Editor, Restaurant Critic and a Contributing Writer for San Francisco, Chicago and New York media publications. Spanning over 30 years in Wedding, Corporate and Social Event Planning, his passion has taken him to new career heights that led him to create F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design and is renowned as the Event Industry’s most Premiere Wedding and Event Planner Extraordinnaire. In January 2009, he was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top 100 New Businesses for 2009 and as published in their “Book of Lists 2009”. Duncan is a member of the National Association of Catered Events both for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Chapters, and was voted in April 2010 as NACE’S “Member of the Year”. And just recently in January 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, was recognized by WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards for Wedding Planning. Committed to creating special events that are as distinctive as his clientele, he creates and executes flawless affairs with sophistication and panache yet with a personable approach that represent your own unique style, exceeding expectations for the planning and design experience. The myriad of Weddings, Corporate and Social Events accommodate all requests large and small with a touch of class. With years of experience conceptualizing ideas, themes and budgets for all events, his capabilities and resources are endless in an effort to create memories that will last a lifetime

    . . . . Hundreds of Dreams . . . Thousands of Details . . . Millions of Memories

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GAME OF THRONES is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO.  Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.  For this particular Holiday Party, my Clients wanted me to transform The Velvet Room at The Clift Hotel in San Francisco into this periodic medieval fantasy that is complex, multi-layered, surreal, vibrant and imaginative providing an ambiance that will draw your eye in to the surprising level of detail.  And that’s exactly what was done – we gave them the “WOW Factor”!  Tbanks to my collaboration with Jonathan Gomez of Asiel Design and my incredible “Dream Team”, the Kingdoms of Westeros came to life, right down to hiring Actors (and dogs as Direwolves) who portrayed the key characters of the show such as Jon Snow, Robb Stark and Daenarys Targaryen.  The Velvet Room never looked so exquisitely stunning and my Clients were awe-inspired and ecstatic with the results.  These fabulous images were all captured on film by the keen eye of Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography.

Event Planning & Design:  Duncan Reyes, F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Event Photography:  Clane Gessel, Clane Gessel Photography

Floral, Props & Decor, Tablescape & Event Design:  Jonathan Gomez & Meg Ethridge, Asiel Design

DJ, Entertainment & Lighting:  Jason Mitchell, Adam Gold (as Jon Snow & Emcee) and his dog Belvedere (as Ghost), Billy Gold (as Robb Stark) and his dog, Apollo (as Grey Wind), Shannon Nelson (as Daenarys Targaryen), Shana Goldberg (On-Site Production Manager), DJ Rikki Aldridge & DJ Maxwell Alegria, Gatsby Entertainment Group

Catering, Hotel Accommodations & Venue:  Claire Holder, Devin Singer & Steven Hoffman, The Velvet Room at The Clift Hotel San Francisco

Event Rentals & Tablescape Design:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge, Classic Party Rentals San Francisco




This photo taken by Duncan Reyes

Orbie_Pullen_Photo_650EMILY DOW & BRIAN ETHRIDGE

They first met at a Friend’s birthday party while Brian was walking out the door when Emily was introduced by a mutual friend.  It was simple, quick and over, so fast it barely registered for Emily.  For Brian, he couldn’t get her out of his head.  Just a few words and she would forever change his life.  A couple months went by with little contact.  They would briefly see each other in passing at a local church college group, but that was it.  Emily started to notice Brian more but thought he wasn’t interested in her and was just a really nice guy.  Finally one night, a mutual friend decided she was going to find out if Brian liked Emily.  So she texted and Brian and asked if he wanted Emily’s phone number.  He said YES!  She asked Emily to give him her number so she didn’t have to look it up in her contacts.  Emily rattled off her number not thinking about it, until the next morning.  Emily work up to a text from her mother saying “who’s this Brian guy texting me thinking I’m you?”.  Horror struck, she freaked out, scrambled to find Brian’s number and immediately texted him back apologizing for giving him her mother’s number.  The ice was broken, and the rest was history.

” We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make our Wedding Day so special.  We are so grateful for your friendship and that you took time out of your busy schedule to be a part of this special time in our lives.  We wish there was more that we could say or do to express our gratitude.  Thank you so much! ” - Mr. & Mrs. Brian Ethridge (Bride & Groom)

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes & Alex Barranco – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography:  Orbie Pullen & Maryanne Reyes – Orbie Pullen Photography

Cake:  Jil Heizman – The Buttery

Catering:  Karen Major – Poetry In Motion Catering

Ceremony Sound:  DJ Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment:  DJ Jason & Laura Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design:  Jonathan & Linnae Asiel-Gomez, Meg Ethridge and Elysse Moranz – Asiel Design

Hair & Make-Up:  Amy Fyfe – Amy Fyfe Hair and Makeup

Hotel Accommodations:  Marilyn Yanez-Osborne – Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley

Lighting:  John & Megan Woods – Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual

Rentals:  Diana Cardenas, Alana Bournas & Allison Beavers – Napa Valley Linens

Venue (Ceremony and Reception):  Deanna Zercher – Roaring Camp

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner):  Allyson Fockler – Shadowbrook Restaurant

Videography:  Billy Kessler, Ryan Black & Rachel Capil – Kessler Films


























































“THE DREAM TEAM”  L-R Standing – Orbie Pullen, Rachel Capil, Jonathan Gomez, Linnae Asiel-Gomez, Billy Kessler  |  L-R Sitting – Duncan Reyes, Alex Barranco, Jason & Laura Mitchell




Here’s a couple you would love to love – VICTORIA & DANIEL. Once in a while, you come across someone that has an infectious smile … the one you envy … a smile that is always showing and full of joy.  If they smile at you, there’s no chance that you can’t help but smile back.  If you catch them smiling at each other, there’s no doubt in your heart that they are head over heels in love.  Victoria is one of those people, and Daniel brings it out in her.  And how can you not – he’s a handsome Venezuelan Latin Lover and she’s an American Beauty with eyes that mesmerize.  They both exuded love beyond anything everything and everyone. It’s no wonder these two are perfect for each other. So this was their special day, their special moment, together as one . . . at last.

” Not sure where to begin.  You were absolutely amazing, truly!  I’m not sure how you stay so calm and patient.  You are a Pro, and as a result, we had the perfect Wedding.  Thank you so much for all your sage wisdom – you made our Wedding unforgettable! ” — Victoria & Daniel

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes & Heather Vaughan, f. duncan reyes events by design

Photography:  Brian & Malia Wedge, Boathouse Studios

Cinematography:  David Ethridge & William Kessler, AVR Films

Audio-Visual at The Fairmont San Francisco (Rehearsal Dinner):  Francis Crisostomo, PSAV

Audio-Visual at Cavallo Point (Wedding Reception):  Patrick Marquis, PSAV

Catering & Rehearsal Dinner Venue:  Katie Kelly, The Crown Room at The Fairmont San Francisco

Catering, Hotel Accommodations, Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Lorraine Salceda, Cavallo Point

Entertainment (Ceremony):  Anthony Blea, Anthony Blea String Quartet

Entertainment (Rehearsal Dinner):  Rachel Turner-Houk, Synchronicity Strings

Entertainment (Wedding Reception):  DJ Steve Wozniak, DJ Steve Miguel and Emcee Adam Goldstein, Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment (Latin Band):  Anthony Blea, Anthony Blea y Su Charanga

Floral Design (Rehearsal Dinner):  Jeeryn Dang, Tanjeeryn Designs

Floral Design (Wedding Reception):  David Braddy

Hair Stylist:  Nona Zandinejad, DiPietro Todd Salon

Lighting Design:  Ashley Hugus, Got Light

Make-Up Artist:  Lupe Muller, Lupe Muller Hair & Make-Up Services

Officiant:  Charley Scandlyn, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Printing & Stationeries:  Jacques Oskanian, Hyegraph

Rentals:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge, Classic Party Rentals San Francisco

Wedding Gown by Jim Hjelm






10525717_10203280276942161_8610174773378063698_nSTEF YBARRA & MATTHEW ARCHAMBAULT

It was a picture-perfect day, replete with sunny and blue skies, followed by a romantic sunset, then a full moon to end their magical evening.  Their celebration was full of love and great energy – what a wonderful way to start a fabulous new life together.

” It goes without saying, but THANK YOU again for everything pre/during/post-Wedding.  You truly were our Fearless Leader during the whole process and would not have been able to pull everything off without your guidance. ” — Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Archambault (Bride & Groom)

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes & Heather Vaughan, F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography:  Brian MacStay, Scott Mosher & Barbara Yasuhara, Brian MacStay Photography

Beverage Catering:  Amanda Krentz, BevMo (Santa Rosa)

Cake:  Andrea Koweek, Crisp Bake Shop

Catering:  Laura Dunn, The Girl & The Fig

Entertainment:  Ceremony String Trio – Prohibition Strings c/o Jason Mitchell, Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment:  Ceremony Sound & Reception DJ:  Jason Mitchell, Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design:  Jeeryn Dang, Tanjeeryn Designs

Hair & Make-Up:  DeeAnna Reese, It’s A Date In The Powder Room

Hotel Accommodations:  Judith Perkins, The Westin Verasa Napa

Lighting Design:  Stefania Contreras, Atmosphere Lighting

Officiant:  Gary Engnes (Friend of the Bride & Groom)

Printing & Stationeries:  Minted

Rentals:  Julia Wojciechowsky, Wine Country Party & Events

Transportation:  Christina Wall, Beau Wine Tours

Venue (Ceremony & Reception):  Brooke Clemens-Mrella, Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Venue (Parents’ Chef’s Table Dinner):  Judith Perkins, La Toque at The Westin Verasa Napa

Venue (Post-Wedding Brunch):  Judith Perkins, The Westin Verasa Napa

Venue (Welcome Reception):  Jonathan Wendorf, Torc


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Clane Gessel Photography


Commonly referred to as the Grand Dame of Union Square, The Westin St. Francis has been a symbol of elegance in San Francisco for more than a century. Its many rooms, some featuring exquisite historic detailing and others reflecting more modern luxury, have hosted beautiful wedding ceremonies, grand receptions, and business events of all types.

For a more contemporary ambiance Wedding celebrations are held in the Tower Building where its two premier spaces, Victor’s Palace and Alexandra’s, are a pair of sophisticated settings on the 32nd-story Imperial Floor. Five glass elevators overlook spectacular downtown panoramas as they whisk guests up to this sky-high getaway. Boasting breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views that extend from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge, these private rooms also dazzle at night: Glowing chandeliers and hundreds of sparkling pin-spots provide adjustable lighting to match your mood. Gold Chiavari chairs, custom Wedgwood china and your own Imperial Floor concierge make having an event up here a sublime experience.

The incredible views rise 32 stories high above San Francisco’s iconic landmarks and are complimented by a decor that can be described as ‘elegantly modern’ and will elate any Wedding Couple in search of the perfect San Francisco wedding venue!

Discover the allure of the city’s most charismatic and vital setting offering the grandeur of the past, coupled with contemporary luxury and style. Look no further than the Imperial Floor at The Westin St. Francis.

To book your spectacular Wedding or Special Event, please contact Lauren Schardt at 415.774.0450 or e-mail her at lauren.schardt@westin.com.

These stunning images were taken by the keen eye of the talented CLANE GESSEL of CLANE GESSEL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes & Alex Barranco, f. duncan reyes events by design

Photography:  Clane Gessel, Clane Gessel Photography

Floral Design:  Emily Dreblow, Soulflower Design Studio

Lighting Design:  Jason Mitchell, Gatsby Entertainment

Specialty Linens:  Diana Cardenas, Napa Valley Linens

Venue:  Lauren Schardt, Victor’s Palace & Alexandra’s at The Westin St. Francis