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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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Photos by Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography

Wedding Highlights Videography by David Ethridge of AVR Films



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




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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Dominic_Matt_August_29_2015__0787DOMINIC CAMPODONICO & MATTHEW STITHAM

Dominic and Matt planned a day that would truly give their guests a glimpse into the very best that Wine Country has to offer.  But throughout the entire day there was one thing even more captivating than the sights: the remarkable couple at the center of it all.  Dominic and Matt were beaming with joy and went out of their way to ensure the people they love most had the most incredible evening.

And it only got better from there.  From their emotional ceremony officiated by a special friend to the heartfelt, hilarious toasts and, finally, their very romantic first dance – Dominic and Matt’s day was all about everything that means the most to them – their love for each other and their dedication to their family and friends.

They are two people who would do anything for the people they love; two people whose clear and evident love for each other could soften even the hardest of hearts.  That’s exactly how Dominic and Matt’s day was – a joyous event where the general consensus was that these two people were just made for each other.  When it came to planning their wedding, it was really important to Dominic and Matt that the day was going to be, above all else, a ton of fun … and so we delivered.  From the beginning of the Ceremony, to the Cocktail hour and throughout the Reception, it was a celebration that truly fit the couple.  Because Dominic and Matt, and their lively group of friends, bring the party no matter where they go.  Even better, they make sure to encourage everyone around them to be as happy as they are.  Of course all you needed to do throughout their wedding day was look at both of them and see how truly, visibly in love they were with each other and you couldn’t help but feel great that these two found each other.

To Dominic and Matt, my heartiest congratulations on your marriage and may it be like a cloudless night of sky, filled with sparkling stars of love, joy and care.

My sincerest gratitude to my remarkable “Wedding Dream Team” for helping me create a day they will long remember . . . BRAVO!

Wedding Planning & Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes, Chandler Hess Von Bayer & Halina Brown – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography  |  Sandra Marie Fazzino & Laurie Passey – Sandra Fazzino Photography

Audio-Visual  |  Vince Becquiot – Indigo Live

Catering, Lodging & Venue  |  Arielle Larson – Madrona Manor

Desserts & Pastries  |  Condra Easeley & Deborah Morris – Patisserie Angelica

First Dance Choreography  |  Cynthia Glinka – Dance With Glinka

Entertainment  |  Brian Wolfe – Lucky Devils Band

Floral Design  |  Bonnie Z – Dragonfly Floral

Lawn Games  |  Mynor Arana – Plan-It Interactive

Lodging Accommodations (Overflow)  |  Best Western Dry Creek Inn

Officiant  |  Russell S. Roeca (Friend of the Grooms)

Photo Booth  |  Dan Baldwin – Magnolia Photo Booth Company

Post-Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Venue  |  Barbara Gordon – Healdsburg Bar & Grill

Pre-Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Picnic Venue  |  Macrostie Winery & Vineyards

Printing & Wedding Stationeries  |  Jacques Oskanian & Munnie Tran – Hyegraph

Rehearsal Dinner  |  Lindsay Rudell – The Carriage House at Hotel Healdsburg

Rentals  |  Gwendolyn Anderson – Stuart Party Rentals

Transportation (Rehearsal Dinner)  |  Woody Guderian – Woody’s Wine Tours

Transportation (Wedding Day)  |  Sonoma Sterling Limousines

Wedding Favors (Custom-Bottled Miniature Olive Oils)  |  Peggy O’Kelley – St. Helena Olive Oil




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