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  • ABOUT DUNCAN

    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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DAVID MERKOW + JORDAN SCHER

Photos by Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography

Wedding Highlights Videography by David Ethridge of AVR Films

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WHEN THEY MET

This couple met in Chicago back in 2010. The groom was a professional golfer at the time and the bride was pursuing medical school. On May 5, 2010, David’s 25th birthday, he convinced Jordan to meet with him on a first “official” date. Although Jordan paid the tab (David always has to point out ‘it was his birthday!’, it was very clearly love at first sight and their relationship blossomed despite career changes, long distance, and attending different medical schools.

THE PROPOSAL

Jordan’s golden birthday was February 27, 2014. David had been planning to propose since October and had ample time to create the perfect engagement. On February 28, 2014, he had arranged for his family from Wisconsin and Baltimore, and her family from the San Francisco Bay Area, to fly out to Chicago where they were living together at the time to celebrate the proposal with them. David proposed by giving Jordan three gifts the day after her birthday – claiming that some gifts were “delayed by the mail.”  The first, a pillowcase with the phrase “Mr.” embroidered on the front, followed by “Mrs.” and then the ring in multiple boxes that Jordan had to unwrap. The ring itself was symbolic – David designed it to sit atop the letter “M,” the first initial of his last name. After the proposal David told Jordan that there were more surprises- family had flown in to celebrate. We all spent the weekend together at some of the couple’s favorite Chicago eateries.

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MAZEL TOV, MR. & MRS. DAVID & JORDAN MERKOW!

WITH GRATITUDE

“My husband and I are both medical students across the country, so planning a wedding several time zones away was going to be challenging. Additionally, I am a self-described personality type “AAA” so I knew I wanted to be as involved as I could in the wedding planning process but also have someone on my team that I could entrust with all other details when my wedding could not be prioritized. As a thorough individual, I wanted to do my due diligence in researching a wedding planner who would protect my vision, understand my neuroses, and be flexible with a demanding schedule. In the end I made a spreadsheet of 46 wedding planners – spoke to most of them over the phone and eventually landed on Duncan Reyes. Duncan was truly the brains behind our entire wedding- not to mention a complete genius when it comes to knowing who’s who in the Bay Area wedding scene. In the end Duncan did so much more than plan our wedding; he introduced us to vendors that I never would have found, answered thousands of e-mails (responding to all of them with lightning speed!), and kept meticulous records of budgets, payments, and meetings. To those of you weighing whether or not to have a wedding planner – it was an absolute must for us and really allowed us to enjoy the wedding planning process and most importantly our wedding day. Duncan Reyes truly has our highest recommendation and is a pleasure to work with. He coordinated our wedding, dealt with crazy nuances (and personalities), and handled all stress and anxiety with poise and grace. Several weeks have gone by and we are still getting endless compliments on our wedding and wedding weekend. Duncan absolutely knows how to make YOUR special vision come to life in the most vibrant and fabulous form. Most importantly, my husband and I were beyond floored our wedding day and would not have changed a thing.” – Jordan Scher Merkow

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THE “DREAM TEAM”

“It was crucial to have vendors that I trusted and could be myself with. The wedding planning and photography were two areas that I really cared about – and I am thrilled that throughout the planning and the wedding I really feel like both the photographer and planner are true friends. On the actual wedding it was great to see the dance floor packed and people inhale their appetizers and dinner – so clearly a major applause must go to the entertainment (strings, band and DJ) along with the catering team. What left me the most speechless were our florals, they are absolutely breathtaking and completely magical. David is most excited about seeing our wedding video, and we have loved getting to know our videographer Dave Etheridge throughout the past year as well. We’ve been so lucky with our vendors!” — Jordan Scher Merkow

Wedding Planning & Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes along with his Wedding Associates Halina Brown, Heather Vaughan and Tam Garner – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Bridesmaids’ Dresses  |  Monique Lhuillier

Cake  |  Gabrielle Feuersinger – Cake Coquette

Cake Pops  |  Lauren Martin – Sweet Lauren Cakes

Catering  |  Jane Hammond, Ceanna Stephens, Naomi Ages – Jane Hammond Events

Choreography  |  Cynthia Glinka

Shriver Chair Rentals  |  Beverly Yip – Especially Yours Chair Covers & Rentals

Entertainment (12-Piece Band)  |  Dick Bright – Dick Bright & His Orchestra

Entertainment (DJ)  |  Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment (String Quartet)  |  Su Buchignani – Golden Gate String Quartet

Floral Design  |  Jeeryn Dang – Tanjeeryn Designs

Hair & Make-Up  |  Sherrie Long

Honeymoon Travel Agency  |  Amy Tam – Planet Hoppers

Hotel Accommodations (Wedding)  |  Stephanie Otter – The Fairmont San Francisco

Hotel Accommodations (Honeymoon)  |  The Resort at Pedregal

Jewelry (Engagement & Wedding)  |  Douglas Jeweler

Jewelry (Bride’s)  |  Family Heirlooms

Ketubah  |  Alexandra Mink

Lighting Design & Drapery  |  Michael Kuhlmann – Got Light?

Men’s Grooming Services  |  Julie Moore

Officiant  |  Carolyn Sorensen Balling (Aunt of the Bride)

Photography  |  Clane Gessel, Alex Lexson, Danielle Barnum and Marie Normandin – Clane Gessel Photography

Post-Wedding Brunch  |  Stephanie Otter – The Fairmont San Francisco

Specialty Linens & Napkins  |  Diana Cardenas – Napa Valley Linens

Tablescape Rentals & Specialty Linens  |  Mindy Roark-Aldridge and Nicole D’Andrea – Classic Party Rentals San Francisco

Transportation (For the Welcome Reception)  |  Jennifer Jaciw and Aisha Best – Lone Star Transportation

Transportation (For the Wedding Party & Families)  |  Jeff Thorpe – Classic Cable Car Charters

Transportation (For the Bride & Groom)  |  Carl Payne – Carl Payne Rolls Royces

Tuxedo Rentals & Sales  |  Michael Davenport – Black Tie Tuxedos

Tuxedo (Groom’s)  |  Hugo Boss

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner)  |  Casey Hunt – Waterbar

Venue (Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Reception and Dinner/Dance)  |  Jim Bruels and Diane Lo – The Bently Reserve

Videography  |  David Ethridge, Jim Snow, Phil Sheffield and Noah Clark – AVR Films

Wedding Invitations  |  Paper on Pine

Wedding “Day Of” Stationeries  |  Mercurio Brothers Printing

Wedding Gown Design & Veil  |  Mark Zunino

Wedding Shoes (Bride)  |  Manolo Blanik

Wedding Website  |  Riley and Grey

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To Jordan & David,

So many paths to choose from — yet a moment here, a different turn there, and you may never have met to experience a love so right!  Isn’t it amazing the way life works?  Here’s wishing each new day finds your hearts closer, your lives fuller, your love deeper.  May your love bloom brighter and your companionship grow sweeter with each passing year.  To a beautiful life together!” 

Once again, F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design created another fabulous “Game of Thrones”-inspired Holiday Party for a very prominent corporate clientele showcasing the latest season’s fantasy drama taking it from the screen to the spectacular Redwood Room and the Velvet Room at The Clift Hotel in San Francisco.  The penultimate season focuses primarily on the convergence of the show’s main plotlines, featuring major events such as Daenerys Targaryen arriving in Westeros with her army and three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion waging war against the Lannisters;  Jon Snow forging an alliance with Daenarys in an attempt to unite their forces against the White Walker army;  Arya and Bran returning to Winterfell and reuniting with their sister, Sansa;  and the army of the dead breaching The Wall, entering the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

With this in mind, we transformed the Redwood and Velvet Rooms to this magnificent era replete with a Weirwood Tree (for Escort Cards), which is a species of deciduous tree found all over Westeros, that has a white bark with five-pointed, blood-red leaves and sap.  The focal point of the event was the Iron Throne, a metonym referring to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms, and the authority of the monarchy.

Special KUDOS to my incredible team of “Fantasy Makers” for helping me create the Client’s holiday vision, bringing the “Game of Thrones” from reality to life!

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

Event Photography:  Brian MacStay and Michelle Greenlee-Davis, Brian MacStay Photography

Catering, Hotel Accommodations and Venue:  Al Smyth, The Clift Hotel San Francisco

DJ Entertainment:  Jason Mitchell and DJ Rikki Aldridge, Gatsby Entertainment

Event Rentals & Tablescape Design:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge and Noelle Pashby, Classic Party Rentals

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

Lighting Design:  Stefania Contreras, Danny Kimzey and Curtis Laipple, Atmosphere Lights

DANIEL MEKIS and KARINA PURKART

Wedding Planning and Event Design | Duncan Reyes – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography | Laurent and Helena Martin – Helena and Laurent Photography

Catering and Venue | Zoe Wong – Corinthian Yacht Club

Donuts Catering (in lieu of a Wedding Cake) | Bob’s Donuts

Entertainment (DJ) and Lighting | Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment (Pianist-Ceremony) | Harry Likas

Floral Design | Chrystal Keller – Sweet Peas Floral Designs

Hair | Angelica Carranza – The Traveling Stylist

Hotel Accommodations | The Lodge At Tiburon

Make-Up | Drea Costigan – Salt Spell Beauty

Officiant | Sara Cordell (Groom’s Aunt)

Transportation | Jamie Brown – California Wine Tours, Inc.

Venue (After-Party Reception) | Sam’s Anchor Cafe

Venue (Ceremony) | Patty Flax – Old St. Hilary’s

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner) | Don Antonio Ristorante

Videography | Wyatt Slate

I first met the “DIVA” 12 years ago when she was only 10 weeks old from a Shiba-Inu Breeder I had met through a mutual friend.  She was still nursing with her Mother and couldn’t pick her up until her 10th week.  I visited her Mother who was feeding a litter of 7 Shiba pups.  As soon as I arrived, Mother and puppies  all scattered about the room and hid . . . except for BELLA.  She came running towards me, grabbing my ankle and leg, frantically jumping and begging to be carried.   As soon as i picked her up, I knew she was the one.  You know it’s true when they say that you don’t choose your dogs . . . your dogs choose YOU!  At that time, the Breeder named her LEXI.  I said, “Oh hell no – you don’t look like a Lexi.  You’re definitely DIVA in every word – I will call you BELLA!” (which of course means “beautiful” in Italian).

With black button nose, little pricked ears and a curly tail, BELLA knows she is superior.  Whether with intrepid boldness, squinty-eyed cuteness or regal calm dignity, she is QUEEN!  She is aloof, alert, confident and courageous with a spirited boldness, good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty.  She has an independent nature, stubborn and willful, and is loyal and affectionate to those who earn her respect.  In a lot of ways, she and I share the same characteristics, which is why we are such a good match.  And if she could utter one word, it would probably be “MINE”.  She always regards herself as stronger-minded, and can become stubborn at times as she believes she needs to make up her own rules.  She’s a “stud muffin” with a butch attitude.

Owning a Shiba-Inu needs a lot of time and attention, but they repay the effort 10 times over in loyalty and affection.  And for me, it’s a way of life.  She is, after all, Daddy’s girl . . . my girl!

HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY, BELLA-GIRL!!!!!

The Birthday Girl!!!

I love spoiling my girl

Lucia (10 weeks old) & Bella – their 1st time meeting, Bella took on her motherly instincts

Bella at 5 years old

Bella at 4 years old

Bella at 3 years old

Bella at 2 years old  |  Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

Bella at 2 years old

Bella at 2 years old  |  Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

Bella at 2 years old  |  Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

Bella at 2 years old  |  Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

Bella – 1 year oldBella at 10-Months old

 

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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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