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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.

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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

When days grow short and nights get cold
And autumn trees turn red and gold,
Move, we may, through sun drenched days
‘Midst leaves and berries and bales of hay.

In our hearts we feel the lure
Toward darkness, shivers, and things not pure,
While ghostly shadows creep slowly by,
Spying on witches and brooms that fly.

Icy fingers that grab their prey
And do bad things ’til night turns to day.
Heed this plea to stay inside.
Find covers and blankets and sheets to hide.

Slowly this night will fade to day
And fiends and monsters will crawl away.
Once a year, on this dank night,
We’ll shake and shiver ’til morning light.

Special Thanks to the Little Family for giving us this wonderful opportunity to give them a Halloween Party they will long remember . . . . . . Merci!

EVENT PRODUCTION  |  Duncan Reyes, Alex Barranco and Claudia Chao – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

DECOR & FLORALS  |  Jonathan Gomez, Linnae Asiel & Meg Ethridge – Asiel Design

PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Brian MacStay – Brian MacStay Photography

CATERING  |  Danielle Sommers – Fraiche Catering

ENTERTAINMENT  |  Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

LIGHTING DESIGN AND SPECIAL EFFECTS  |  John and Megan Woods and Crystal Howell – Enhanced Lighting and Sound

MAKE-UP  |  Sarah MacStay

PRINTING & STATIONERY  |  Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez – Creative Designs By Mimi

RENTALS  |  Mindy Roark-Aldridge – Classic Party Rentals



Congratulations to ANGELLICA and DEREK who are tying the knot with a traditional Military Wedding replete with an “Arch of Swords” Ceremony as well as a Korean “Pyebaek” Bowing Ceremony this Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at the James Leary Flood Mansion.



A long time ago in October 2015, in a land far, far away in San Francisco, there lived a happy young Lady who met a handsome Officer of the Coast Guard.  They sang, popped Champagne with Friends, and danced the night away under a beautiful chandelier – it was a magical night!

Shortly after they met, Derek took Angellica on their first date and since then began seeing each other everyday.  He would drive several hours to San Francisco just to see her, give her the tightest hug and the sweetest kisses.

One evening, he asked her to attend the annual Coast Guard Ball in San Francisco. It was after she had already made plans to attend one of her best friend’s bachelorette – so, she said no. Of course, her world seemed to end and she cried many tears because she really wanted to go.

He asked her again two more times, “I really think you should attend the ball with me. Let’s go?” She could not say no again, and she cancelled her flight last minute to attend the ball. She was dressed in a sparkly, tulle black gown accompanying Lieutenant Shepard in his dapper blue uniform.

The Coast Guard Ball was held on April 29, 2017. Everyone was dressed in regal dress uniforms, elegant gowns, and lavish tuxedos. Laughter and positive vibes filled the air – it was dreamy. After Admiral Fred M. Midgette’s final toast and speech, Derek politely asked if they could take pictures with the Coast Guard Bell in front of the stage with his friends. Angellica loves pictures so she happily took his hand and skipped to the front of the ballroom with him, and his two bosses and their wives.

A few minutes later, people were snapping their pictures in front of the bell. Derek quickly stepped out of the group, gave his phone to a stranger, and yelled to all of them, “ONE MORE!” They all went back into position, and he gently guided Angellica to the middle of the bell. She asked him, “Is it okay to stand between your bosses? You must really want the perfect picture with them!”

She waited for the young man to take the picture and they could see 800 guests staring at them from their dinner seats. The clock struck 9 o’clock and the man was still standing there. “What is taking so long? Did he take the picture already?” she thought to herself. She noticed that everyone was looking over at Derek. So, she turned to her left and found him on the floor. She asked, “Baby, what are you doing? Get up. The man is trying to take the picture…” Derek then reached into his jacket and took out a Tiffany & Co. blue ring box. On his bended knee with a big, nervous smile and shiny face, he asked her, “Will you marry me?”

Angellica’s heart dropped because she realized what was actually happening – Derek just asked her to marry him. For those first few seconds, she was speechless and tears of joy poured down her face. It was the best surprise of her life – she could not believe it. He had to ask her two times because she was speechless and shaking from the overwhelmingly ecstatic emotions. She let out a faint “yes…” and a louder “yes!” as he stood up and gave her the tightest hug and the sweetest kiss. The entire audience stood up and began clapping, cheering, whistling, and ringing the bell behind them – it was the most magical fairytale moment of their lives.

Admiral Fred M. Midgette and his wife were two of the many guests to congratulate Derek and Angellica – it was also their wedding anniversary. CDR Kevin Lavery asked the DJ to officially announce the great news and to play their “first dance” song to celebrate. It was a perfect and beautiful night in San Francisco – together, with CDR Lavery, Mrs. Lavery, LCDR Eric Marfull and Mrs. Marfull, they drank and danced until the early morning.

This Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, will be a little over two years since the day they first met – and that will be their big day! Angellica is forever grateful Derek was persistent that they both had to attend the ball. Every day when Derek leaves for work and each time he returns, he gives Angellica the tightest hug and the sweetest kiss…

…and they lived #ShepardYiEverAfter ♥

Tobor-Kayman-1290Morgan Tobor & Robert Kayman


” Over the winter holidays, Rob and I went on a gorgeous vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with his eldest brother Brian, his wife Gail and their kids Sydney and Jon. On 12/26/14 Rob asked if I wanted to wake up early the next morning and watch the sunrise. I wasn’t terribly keen on an early wake up call but I was delighted to soak up a little romance with my love – of course I agreed!  Little did I know what big plans he had in store for us that morning. We strolled along the very desolate beach looking for the perfect place to watch. We walked out onto a tiny peninsula that jetted out into the ocean and sat cuddling with our feet dangling over the rocks. We had a lovely conversation filled with lots of laughs as we checked our iphone apps to see what time the rays were supposed to greet us. The sun had other plans as we watched ominous grey clouds roll in. All I remember is jumping up to suggest we get some breakfast in effort to miss the rain.  I turned around and before I could even process what was happening, Rob was down on one knee. I’ll let him tell the rest…. ‘At sunrise, this morning (12/27/14) at 7:29, on the beginning of a new day, I asked Morgan for a new beginning…. she said YES!!’.  Everyday I look at my beautiful ring and think about how lucky I am that I have Rob, my Beshert (Jewish notion of a soul mate).  We are forever grateful that we both moved 2,000 miles West to find our forever Chicago match. ” — Morgan Tobor Kayman


” We want to thank you so very much for all you did in planning our Wedding!  You are/were fabulous;  your knowledge and expertise were so helpful.  But most of all, you made our Wedding Day smooth, effortless and easy.  We actually got to enjoy it.  All your vendor recommendations were spot on too!  My co-workers kept telling me ‘Morgan, you’re so calm”.  My answer was ‘it’s because I have the best, most knowledgable, fun, energetic Coordinator there is!’.  And thank you for your speedy responses, attention to detail, vision, care and love.  Thank you for making our Wedding such a special lifelong memory! ” — Morgan Tobor & Rob Kayman

To Morgan & Rob – Where you invest your Love, you invest your Life.  Wishing you both a lifetime of Love, Happiness & Joy.  MAZEL TOV!!!

And my heartfelt gratitude to my incredible Team of Wedding Pros who helped me make their Wedding a beautiful dream come true – KUDOS!


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

Catering, Hotel Accommodations & Venue  |  Lauren Schardt – Westin St. Francis

Challah Bread  |  Irving Greisman – Irving’s Premium Foods

Chuppah  |  Carol Attia – Under The Chuppah

Entertainment (Ceremony & Cocktail Reception) – Elizabeth Lowry – San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Entertainment (Dinner & Dance) – DJ Jason Mitchell, Rick Alegria (Electronic Drummer) & Tony Pebbles (Saxophone & Electronic Clarinet) – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design  |  Jeeryn Dang – Tanjeeryn Designs

Hair & Make-Up  |  Jessica Morton – Miabel Artistry

Linen & Napkin Rentals  |  Diana Cardenas – Napa Valley Linens

Officiant  |  Rabbi Sarah Graff – Kol Emeth

Photography  |  Suzy Clement – Suzy Clement Photographs

Rehearsal Dinner  |  Hannah Miller – Commodore Cruise Line

Transportation (Rehearsal Dinner)  |  Stephanie – United Coach Tours

Transportation (Wedding Day)  |  Samy – SAS Limousine & Sedan Services

Tuxedo  |  Joseph Abboud

Videography  |  Thomas Hughes, Alex Keyes & Pat Francis – Thomas Hughes Films

Wedding Aisle Runner  |  Ellin Blumenthal

Wedding Cake  |  Chef Bala Subrahmanyam – The Cakemaker

Wedding Gown  |  Casablanca Bridal

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!


Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer


Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer


Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer


Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer