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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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Tobor-Kayman-1290Morgan Tobor & Robert Kayman

THEIR LOVE STORY

” 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

WITH GRATITUDE

” 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!

THE DREAM TEAM

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!

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

Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

 

Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

 

Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

 

Photo by Ann Hamilton Burgermyer

 

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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!” — Duncan

MARY MELOT AND ROBBIN BEEBE

Congratulations to Robbin & Mary who tied the knot last July 7th at their beautifully renovated home in Alamo.

They celebrated their nuptials in what couldn’t have been a more perfect sunny day, continued with a spectacular array of gastronomies and delectables, as they danced the night away in a cool evening under the stars.

This amazing couple are true to themselves and to their love.   They are so sweet together, unmatched and they speak love to each other without saying anything.  I absolutely love how they love.  The kind of people who hugs everyone repeatedly.  And like them, their Friends and Families were just as charming, beautiful and gracious.

Humble, heartwarming, enthusiastic, fun and love – these were all the key elements that will make a loving marriage.  And for Robbin and Mary, they embody all of them.  It was a memorable evening of romance, magic and love . . . lots of it!  Flawless and fabulous, just like them!

Special Kudos to my terrific team of “Wedding Dreammakers” – you are all masters of your craft!  And to our incredibly talented Photographer, Vicens Forns . . . you do stellar work, and have a keen eye for creative art.  Don’t every stop being your bad-ass self!!

Wedding Planning and Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes, Chandler Hess Von Bayer  and Laura Westphal – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography  |  Vicens Forns – Vicens Forns Photography

Cake  |  Katrina Rozelle and Liz –  Katrina Rozelle Pastries and Desserts

Catering  |  Danielle Sommers – Fraiche Catering

Entertainment (Ceremony)  |  Jeff Ward – The Whiskey Brothers

Entertainment (DJ)  |  DJ Celeste Lear and Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design  |  Jeeryn Dang – Petite Petal Company

Hair & Make-Up  |  Ashlee Essy

Hotel Accommodations  |  Sean Peach and Jeff Leete – Marriott Walnut Creek

Lighting Design  |  John Woods, Megan Woods and Jazmin Guinto – Enhanced Lighting and Audio Visual, Inc.

Photobooth  |  John Davies = SmileCity Photobooth

Portable Restrooms  |  Royal Restrooms of California

Rentals  |  Mike Mori – Classic Party Rentals Modesto

Valet Parking  |  Jeremy Muldoon, Sara Mariea and Brandon Boyd – Signature Parking

NEIL ROGERS + BRIAN BYRDSONG

Finally . . . Brian and Neil are engaged and are tying the knot!  I’ve known them both for about 15 years when I first met Brian at the Stop AIDS Project where he was Development Director and I was a Board Member and VP of Fund Development creatively assisting him with raising money and planning fundraisers for the agency.  Since then, we’ve become very close friends over the years, and it was also the same time he had just met Neil during a business trip to San Francisco.  Neil lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland and both have never been apart since the day they first met, traveling between San Francisco and Geneva, and all parts of the globe where Neil’s job takes him (I want their mileage points!).  This perfectly matched couple will celebrate their nuptials on Saturday, August 12th at The University Club of San Francisco, San Francisco’s most elegant and elite historic clubhouse located atop Nob Hill.  With the help of my “Dream Team” of wedding professionals, I can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor . . . I can’t bare it! (said with an English cockney accent – that’s just for you, Neil . . . LOL!!!)

Congratulations, Brian & Neil . . . your Wedding will be nothing less than fabulous!

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

Photography  |  Dario Leventini with Robyn Navarro – F3 Studios Photographers

Cake  |  Chef Bala Subrahmanyam – The Cakemaker

Catering, Ceremony and Reception Venue  |  Julia Nguyen – The University Club of San Francisco

DJ Entertainment, Ceremony Sound, Lighting and Photobooth  |  Jason Mitchell with JaDonna Lewis – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design  |  Jeeryn Dang – Petite Floral Company

Hotel Accommodations  |  Maria Vollenweider-Diaz and Dustin Cousey – The Westin St. Francis Hotel

Officiant  |  Peter Goetze (Friend of the Grooms)

Printing  |  Jacques Oskanian and Munnie Tran – Hyegraph

Rentals  |  Irving Gonzalez – Abbey Party Rentals

Welcome Reception Venue  |  Jasmine Tomelden – Hotel Vitale