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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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Congratulations to the NEW “Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Caranna” who tied the knot last September 12, 2015 at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena.  These stunning images were captured by the keen eye of Ginny Silver with Retrospect Images, and you can only imagine how amazing the rest will look like.  Meanwhile, take a look at Jacqui & Kevin’s special day … more to come!

Special KUDOS to my uber-talented team of wedding professionals who helped me create a day they will never forget.

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes and Chandler Hess Von Bayer – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography:  Ginny Silver – Retrospect Images

Cake:  Model Bakery

Catering:  Elizabeth Harris and Ashlynn Marston – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

DJ Entertainment:  Paul Burchfield and Mike Calpito – Big Fun Disc Jockeys

Floral Design:  Erica Veronica Grabue – EV Floral Design

Hair:  Brittany

Make-Up:  Josette

Officiant:  Tony Sy (Bride’s Uncle)

Venue (Ceremony & Reception):  Elizabeth Harris and Ashlynn Marston – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Venue (Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Picnic):  Crane Park, St. Helena

Videography:  Eisen Tuazon and Ross (On-Site Videographer) – Orange Blossom Films



















Photos by Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography


The couple met in Chicago 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.


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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“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



“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, 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


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!” — Duncan


Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who was best known for her self-portraits, and her work which has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.  Considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in the 1920’s.

Her artful use of bold, vibrant and festive colors was a true inspiration not just to myself, but to my clients, Kristina Quiñones & Danny Miller, both married recently at Mission Dolores Basilica followed by a grandiose Wedding Reception at The Julia Morgan Ballroom.  And from this blossomed a spectacular transformation of the venue bursting with a palate of red, orange, pink, purple, turquoise and gold.  These stunning images were captured by the keen eye of Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography.  Be on the lookout for my forthcoming blog on KRISTINA & DANNY’s spectacular Wedding, with amazing images from their Wedding Photographers, Amanda Lopez and Trevor Traynor of Amanda Lopez Photography.

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

Event Photography:  Clane Gessel, Clane Gessel Photography

Videography:  David Ethridge, Billy Kessler, Phil Sheffield & Noah Clark, AVR Films

Floral Design:  Jeeryn Dang, Tanjeeryn Designs

Wedding Invitations and “Day Of” Stationeries:  Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez, Creative Designs by Mimi

Lighting Design, DJ & Emcee Entertainment:  Jason Mitchell, Gatsby Entertainment

Tablescape Rentals & Specialty Linens:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge, Classic Party Rentals San Francisco

Specialty Linens:  Diana Cardenas, Napa Valley Linens

Wedding Cake:  Jasmie DeLung, Jasmine Rae Bakery

Catering & Venue:  Lillian Phan & Elexis Feldbrill, The Julia Morgan Ballroom at The Merchants Exchange




Photography by Rainbeau Tharp

HOW THEY MET:  Jacqui and Kevin met in Venice, California playing dodgeball.  Jacqui signed up to meet some new friends in Venice Beach, and Kevin happened to be her first Team Captain (but no sparks yet!).  Fast forward a couple years, to the weekend a few girlfriends took a trip to Ventura to camp in a Teepee, Kevin was somehow the only guy invited.  An amazing combination of Whiskey, Tarot Card Reading, and the lack of any sort of camping preparation (no one thought it was going to be very cold) brought Kevin and Jacqui together.  The following week, Kevin tricked Jacqui into going out on a date with him.  She thought they were just going to a bonfire with some friends, but first he took her to a delicious Dinner.  It was probably the Sweet Potato Tots that won her heart!

THE PROPOSAL:  In July 2014, Kevin and Jacqui were living in San Francisco.  On a beautiful Saturday morning Kevin woke Jacqui up with homemade French Toast for Breakfast.  He wanted to go hiking with some friends, but as usual, Jacqui is being incredibly lazy and didn’t want to go.  She was also sad that their dog, Maya, couldn’t come with them.  Kevin promised that it would be a very easy hike, and that Jacqui can just wear her Pineapple Dress and Keds …. DEAL!  They drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, up to Muir Beach, and started hiking, up a very steep gravel-ly hill.  Keds had no traction, and Jacqui had no muscle.  Kevin found the sweetest little spot nestled in the cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  He asked their friend, Jarvis, to take their picture.  Then Kevin got down on one knee and popped the question.  And she cried!  And she hyperventilated!  And sneaky Jarvis recorded it all!  Kevin almost immediately said “Don’t worry, I got the ring insured!” – because Kevin is responsible and Jacqui is clumsy.  After a wonderful day of Champagne, Brunch and Dinner at their first San Francisco date spot, Kevin and Jacqui headed home.  When they got there, Jacqui noticed their porch light was on.  When she opened the door, there was Pizza on the table, and she quickly came to the conclusion that there might have been a homeless man in their house.  But all of a sudden, Jacqui’s Family jumped out and scared the beejezus out of her.  Kevin, Jacqui’s Brother Ian and his Girlfriend, Tara, had planned the Surprise Party so they could break the news to the Family in person.  It was all so amazing and crazy!

The date is set, and they will wed this coming September at one of my favorite venues, at the stunning Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena.

Jacqui & Kevin – While it’s no surprise to those who love you both, may this time in your life be filled with lots of love and joy, as well as many days of unexpected bliss!  Looking forward to creating for you a very memorable and special day.  Congratulations!  xoxo