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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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This first blog post for Duncan’s new website was written by Brian MacStay (representing all members of his Dream Team) in admiration and appreciation of all that he does for us.

David Ethridge and I began a conversation a couple months back about what we wanted to do for Duncan on his 55th birthday coming up. Duncan is such a selfless giving person so we felt it was time to give something back to him.  We wanted to do something very special for him!  I then remembered that Duncan had mentioned to me last year that he desperately wanted a new website.  So Dave and I went to work!  Several months later here we are!

For Duncan’s first blog post on his new site, I wanted to showcase a few photos from his “Dream Team Appreciation Dinner” that he held for us last February 1st, 2014.  Duncan is way too modest to show his own generosity with everyone, so I wanted to take the time to share (while I still have access to his blog, LOL!).  Duncan held this very special dinner for all of us at the beautiful FIVE Restaurant at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley.  He surprised all of us with a wonderful evening, complete with beautifully appointed decor that he designed, wine and champagne, appetizers and of course, dessert! cOh yeah, and we all left with a loaf of home-made honey banana nut bread that he baked for us!  It was an amazing evening and wonderful down time with good friends!

Here are a few photos from the evening . . .

Photos provided by Barbara Jacqueline Photography

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Honored Guests for Duncan’s 2014 Dream Team Appreciation Dinner

Alex Barranco of F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

StefaNia Contreras and Carolina Johnson of Atmosphere Lighting

Jeeryn Dang of Tanjeeryn Designs

David Ethridge of AVR Films

Brian MacStay of Brian MacStay Photography

Jason Mitchell of Gatsby Entertainment

Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez of Creative Designs by Mimi

Barbara Yasuhara of Barbara Jacqueline Photography

Mindy Roark-Aldridge of Classic Party Rentals

Hosted by

Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design

Venue

Holly Haber of Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Chef Stephane Tonnelier & Patrice Brault of FIVE Restaurant at Hotel Shattuck Plaza

 

Happy Birthday Duncan!!!!

Thank your so very much for your friendship and everything that you do for us!

We love you!

Enjoy your BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!!!!

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Website gifted by Brian MacStay & David Ethridge!

Wedding Planning & Event Design by F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design is at your service in the San Francisco Bay Area including San Francisco, Berkeley, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay, San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding and event destinations worldwide

 

For a full list of of our pricing and services please contact us! 

 

Jason & Laura Tie the Knot

Congratulations to Jason and Laura on their Wedding held last Saturday, January 26th 2013, at the Hilton San Jose with their closest Families and Friends.  
How they met
Laura’s a beautiful Korean girl adopted by U.S. Military Family.  She grew up to be a gorgeous Salsa Dancing, Judo-throwing, Golf Tournament winning babe!
Jason, on the other hand, is essentially a “Water Baby”.  He’s a passionate Surfer, obsessed with DJing.  Raised in a contemporary American fashion – he was “Boy Scout of the Year” for Marin County in 1999.
On the night they first met, it was a night like many others.  Loud music blasting, people dancing and that annoying girl that is at every gig asking the DJ “can you play that one song by … “.  Except, no … not this girl – this girl was different.  Jason was immediately gripped by her jaw-dropping, stunningly gorgeous petite looks, with a shy but earnest smile.  He caught her eye and in no time, gave this girl full deserving attention.  After many plates of Sushi … they later fell in love!
The Proposal
Jason:  ” Every year when the Christmas lights go up, you get a warm fuzzy feeling.  I wanted this same feeling to remind Laura of our Engagement Night, which is why I chose to propose to her at ‘Christmas in the Park’ in downtown San Jose. “
Laura:  ” I didn’t think our Engagement was ever going to happen.  I was completely caught off guard by the most surprising proposal.  Jason had placed a “Laura, Will You Marry Me?” sign on the back of the Christmas Choo-Choo Train that circled the park.  And as soon as I saw it, ‘Tears of Joy and Happiness’ poured streamingly down my face.  I was the happiest Girl in the world! “.
Jason:  ” There were lots of tears all around.  People were snapping photos everywhere … it was like a Paparazzi!  Our good friend, Dave Ethridge of AVR Films, captured the surprise engagement and made an amazing film of the evening’s memorable moments (see below).  In celebration, we went to Dinner at The Fairmont across the street. “
Laura:  ” I’m so happy to be marrying the ‘Man of my Dreams’.  He even picked out the ‘Ring of my Dreams’.  And I’m so very thankful to have the memories of our Engagement Night forever! “
Jason:  ” Cue ‘Happily Ever After!’ “

 

With Gratitude
I would like to thank my entire “Dream Team” for their generosity, time and loving support in helping me create this “Wedding of the Century”.  We pulled out all the stops to make this spectacular affair nothing short of FA-BU-LOUS!  It was a true “Labor of Love”!!!
Wedding Planning and Event Design – Duncan Reyes and Alex Barranco
Photography – Allen Baguilar with Bling Focus Photography and Brian MacStay with Brian MacStay Photography
Videography – David Ethridge, Ryan Black and Billy Kessler
Catering and Hotel Accommodations – Virginia “Gigi” Santaines
Cake – Jen and Anthony Kwapinski
Entertainment (Ceremony DJ) – DJ Ron Grandia
Entertainment (Ceremony String Music) – Joel Nelson
Entertainment (Reception DJs) – DJ Nina Varghis
DJ Smoothfingers
Entertainment (Reception Emcee and DJ) – DJ Max Alegria
Floral Design – Jeeryn Dang
Hair Stylist – Jessie Richter
Lighting Design – StefaNia Contreras, Carolina Johnson, Jerome Danger and Kyle Martin
Make-Up Artist – Mai Vue Her
Officiants – Duncan Reyes and Virginia “Gigi” Santaines
Photo Booth – Tuan Dang
Pipe and Drapery – John and Megan Woods
Printing and Stationeries – Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez
Rentals (Tablescape Design) – Mindy Roark
Rentals (Chair Covers) – Beverly Yip

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Edwina & Thomas Tie the Knot

It was love at first sight when they met at Pinole Valley High and were sweethearts then ‘til now.  She an accomplished Choreographer who danced her way to his heart.  He’s the NFL’s top Safety with the Atlanta Falcons who scored a touchdown and fell in love.  With them are their amiable English Bulldogs named Sir Lester DeCoud and Leela Mary Jane DeCoud.  Both Lester and LeeLa’s dispositions are equable and kind, resolute and courageous, with a demeanor that is pacific and dignified – Thomas and Edwina’s precious gems.

These two have been inseparable from the very start.  And now they have finally tied the knot last May 19th at the majestic Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

Their spellbinding, magical Wedding design replicated to that of a Vintage Hollywood Private Club replete with vivacious colors of Red, Black and White with embellishments of Feathers, Flowers and Bling!  “19”, or rather XIX, is a very sentimental number and had special meaning to both of them.  His birthday is on March 19th … hers on April 19th … and their Wedding on May 19th - even their Bridal Suite was #519!

These gorgeous images were beautifully captured by the dynamic duo of Brook and Alisa Todd with A+B Photography.  And I would be remiss if i didn’t give special kudos to my incomparable “Wedding Dream Team” who were all masters of their craft in helping me put together this “Wedding Masterpiece”!

Lastly, to my fabulous Newlyweds, Edwina and Thomas – thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity, and for your love and newfound friendship.  Congratulations!

Wedding Planning & Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes, Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez, Marlen Abolafia and Jason Mitchell

f. duncan reyes events by design

Cake  |  Edith Meyer

Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes

Catering, Venue and Hotel Accommodations  |  Greg Mauldin, Scott Slocum, Jacob Schroth, Bethany Day, Tram Nguyen, Cindy Dovinh and Holly Haber

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Entertainment (Ceremony Pianist)  |  Joey Muller

Entertainment (DJ’s)  |  DJ Defilade (aka Trevor Getter)

Event Rentals  |  Mindy Roark-Aldridge

Classic Party Rentals

Floral “Football Ring Pillow”  | Laurel Ann Winzler

Laurel Ann Winzler Designs

Floral Design  |  Linnae Asiel and Jonathan Gomez, and Meg Ethridge

Asiel Design

Food Truck 1  |  Zak Silverman and Lauren Claire Smith

Doc’s of the Bay

Food Truck 2  |  King Lei

What’s Up Dog!

Hair and Make-Up  |  Alana Schober

Lighting Design and XIX Dog Pillow  |  StefaNia Contreras, Carolina Johnson, Jerome Danger and Dan Knight

Atmosphere Lighting

Officiant  |  Rev. Philip Lawson

Parking Accommodations  |  Luis Platero

Allston Parking Garage

Photo Booth  |  Gene Kosoy and Suganthi Jeganathan

Snapfiesta, Inc.

Photography (Engagement)  |  Orbie Pullen
Orbie Pullen Photography

Photography (Wedding Day)  |  Brook and Alisha Todd, and Zack Todd
A+B Photography

Piano Rental  |  Dennis, Eric and Mateo
D.C. Piano Company

Security  |  ABC Security Services, Inc.

Transportation  |  Corinthian Ground Transportation Services

Tuxedo  |  Men’s Wearhouse

Videography  |  David Ethridge, Ryan Black, Billy Kessler and Richard Grover of AVR Films

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner  |  Miyuki Restaurant

 

Photography by Brian MacStay

 Brian MacStay Photography

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Wedding and event planning by F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design is at your service in the San Francisco Bay Area including San Francisco, Berkeley, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay, San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding and event destinations worldwide.

For a full list of of our pricing and services please contact us!