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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

    Contact F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design

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One of my favorite sayings is ” … Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away! “.  Led by the talented Eri Irishaki, Gatsby’s Prohibition Strings takes my breathe away with every note they play demonstrating true artistry at its best.  The beauty of their music permeates throughout, contributing to the mood and aesthetic of every Wedding.  Their quality, musicianship and repertoire are all so amazing.  From the time they first get booked with Gatsby Entertainment through the planning process will impress you.  They offer a myriad of music varietals both modern, traditional and even inasmuch as learning a new contemporary piece, that always makes the flow of a Wedding ever so seamless.  They add an air of sophistication and elegance in a supreme demeanor, soothing all the senses.  Exquisitely arranged and brilliantly performed, they add a special touch of class and romanticism giving a profound effect on the Bride and Groom’s most memorable day.  Their love of music easily conveys in every string that’s strummed, drawing the audience to a standstill, and applauding with endless raves and rants that continue to reverberate even after the Wedding.

If ever there were a Ceremony to take place twice, Gatsby’s Prohibition Strings would be a Concerto worthy of an “Encore”.

To book them for your next event, please contact Jason Mitchell or Adam Goldstein with Gatsby Entertainment

Photos by Brian MacStay with Brian MacStay Photography

Venue:  Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma

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Jimmie arrived in San Francisco the day after Christmas Day in 2005.  That following March, while his best friend, Jeremy, was visiting San Francisco, Jimmie and Marco came across each other for the first time during a night out at Bar on Castro (now QBar). While there was a definite connection, Marco was preparing for an extended trip to Asia.  Due to the brief time they spent together and the two’s extensive travel schedules, it wasn’t until June that their paths crossed again at Badlands – affectionately, The Bad Place.  It was after this second meeting that Jimmie and Marco began to get to know each other and quickly realized there was more than just a spark.  A shared love for food and being silly, Marco’s warmth and authentic love of life reinvigorated Jimmie’s heart.  Hours turned into days, days turned into nights, weeks, months, and, seven years later, Jimmie proposed on July 2, 2013.

Dear Jimmie & Marco – As you unite in marriage, remember that the rhythm of the music will change, but the music will always remain the same.  For the music is the sound of your love for each other and together you’ll learn to dance to the changing rhythm that is life.   Congratulations!  xoxo

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes & Alex Barranco, f. duncan reyes events by design

Photography:  Sue Johnson, Sue Johnson Photography

Bar & Beverage Catering:  Harvey Hunerberg & Tim Smith, Bartenders Unlimited

Cake (Tres Leches):  Bobby DeTulio, Delessio Market & Bakery

Catering & Rentals:  Laura Benitez, Fork & Spoon Productions

Entertainment (Ceremony & Cocktail Reception):  Petr Masek & Ivo Bokulik, Masek Music

Entertainment (DJ):  William Taylor Barrios

Floral Design:  Patrick Schneider

Hotel Accommodations:  Mark Saladino, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

Lighting Design:  Ashley Hugus, Got Light

Mechanical Unicorns:  April Lee Ellis, Mission Pony

Officiant:  Zinnia Menard Wolf (Friend of the Grooms)

Rentals (Ceremony Chairs):  Azeema Jhinnu, Abbey Party Rents

Rentals (DJ Equipment & Sound):  Jason Mitchell & Josh Regal, Gatsby Entertainment

Transportation:  Eric Lynberg, Super Sightseeing Tours c/o Grayline of San Francisco

Tuxedo Rentals & Sales:  Michael Davenport, Black Tie Tuxedos

Venue (Ceremony):  Amanda Lee, The Palace of Fine Arts

Venue (Reception):  Annie Abernethy, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner:  Limon Rotisserie

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I started planning Charles & Ismael’s Wedding 9 months prior, all by phone, emails and texts. We had never met until just days prior to their Wedding Day. That alone said a lot about them and how they entrusted and confided in me to give them a fabulous Wedding. And you know what? I kept that promise! For Charles & Ismael, San Francisco will always be a place where they left their hearts. The city had so many sentimental reasons and memories for them that they wanted to celebrate their life and love with those they loved and those that loved them. And the Wedding was made complete with their cute little Chihuahua love-of-their-life, Ricky! He proudly walked down the aisle with them, as dapperly dressed as the Grooms, fully clad with a stylish bowtie and a doggie sweater that read “My Dads Just Got Married!”. And get married they did!

Charles & Ismael – as the two of you unite in love and in friendship, pledge to each other, give and receive, promise each other to guide and to protect. Vow to each other, to encourage and inspire, dream together, laugh together and when the music plays . . . Dance!  Congratulations!

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes, Matt Musselman & Heather Vaughan – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography:  Dennis Dizon Garcia – Studio Dizon

Balloons:  Ron Alvarez – SF Balloon Magic

Beverage Catering:  Tim Smith – Bartenders Unlimited

Cake:  Gabrielle Feuersinger – Cake Coquette

Catering:  Kenneth Lee – U-Lee Restaurant

Entertainment (Ceremony & Reception):  Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment (Pre-Ceremony & Champagne Reception):  Mariachi Aguilas c/o Patricio Angulo – Oye Productions

Event Staffing:  Diane Harris – On-Call! Hospitality

Floral Design:  Jeeryn Dang – Tanjeeryn Designs

Hotel Accommodations:  Rhenan Miravalles-Calceta – The Inn At The Presidio

Lighting & Lantern Design:  StefaNia Contreras – Atmosphere Lights

Officiant:  Rev. Blane Ellsworth – Wedding Ministries

Rentals:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge – Classic Party Rentals San Francisco

Security:  Carl Payne

Signage (Cable Car):  Barry Johnston – Imprintz Inc.

Transportation:  Jonathan Adams – Classic Cable Car Charters

Venue (Ceremony):  Andrea Parker – The Chapel Of Our Lady at The Presidio

Venue (Reception):  Kenneth Lee – U-Lee Restaurant

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner):  Mark Lehman – Original Joe’s

Their handsome Ring Bearer, Jessee Rodriguez, with his Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar & Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez

Their adorable Flower Girl, Sophia Pino



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They’re young & beautiful, smart & ambitious and madly in love. And although distance has always kept them apart, whether it be school or living separately in two different cities, to these two lovebirds, love has no boundaries.

I first met Jordan & David when they came back to San Francisco in May and returned again in July to continue the wedding planning with me prior to both of them going back to Medical School in August.  In the short time we’ve known each other, I feel like we’ve been the best of friends in a few lifetimes back making the planning process so much more fun and enjoyable.

And while their Wedding is not until July 2015, we’re productively getting things accomplished. Their Wedding will be held at the prestigious Bently Reserve and will be lavishly glam and magical!  I am so privileged to help them create a spectacular Wedding and can’t wait for the big day to come.  Mazel Tov, Jordan & David . . . your Wedding will be nothing short of fabulous!

These beautiful images were taken by Emilia Schioberi of Emilia Jane Photography in Chicago.

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They first met at a Friend’s birthday party while Brian was walking out the door when Emily was introduced by a mutual friend.  It was simple, quick and over, so fast it barely registered for Emily.  For Brian, he couldn’t get her out of his head.  Just a few words and she would forever change his life.  A couple months went by with little contact.  They would briefly see each other in passing at a local church college group, but that was it.  Emily started to notice Brian more but thought he wasn’t interested in her and was just a really nice guy.  Finally one night, a mutual friend decided she was going to find out if Brian liked Emily.  So she texted and Brian and asked if he wanted Emily’s phone number.  He said YES!  She asked Emily to give him her number so she didn’t have to look it up in her contacts.  Emily rattled off her number not thinking about it, until the next morning.  Emily work up to a text from her mother saying “who’s this Brian guy texting me thinking I’m you?”.  Horror struck, she freaked out, scrambled to find Brian’s number and immediately texted him back apologizing for giving him her mother’s number.  The ice was broken, and the rest was history.

” We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make our Wedding Day so special.  We are so grateful for your friendship and that you took time out of your busy schedule to be a part of this special time in our lives.  We wish there was more that we could say or do to express our gratitude.  Thank you so much! ” - Mr. & Mrs. Brian Ethridge (Bride & Groom)

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

Photography:  Orbie Pullen & Maryanne Reyes – Orbie Pullen Photography

Cake:  Jil Heizman – The Buttery

Catering:  Karen Major – Poetry In Motion Catering

Ceremony Sound:  DJ Jason Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment:  DJ Jason & Laura Mitchell – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design:  Jonathan & Linnae Asiel-Gomez, Meg Ethridge and Elysse Moranz – Asiel Design

Hair & Make-Up:  Amy Fyfe – Amy Fyfe Hair and Makeup

Hotel Accommodations:  Marilyn Yanez-Osborne – Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley

Lighting:  John & Megan Woods – Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual

Rentals:  Diana Cardenas, Alana Bournas & Allison Beavers – Napa Valley Linens

Venue (Ceremony and Reception):  Deanna Zercher – Roaring Camp

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner):  Allyson Fockler – Shadowbrook Restaurant

Videography:  Billy Kessler, Ryan Black & Rachel Capil – Kessler Films


























































“THE DREAM TEAM”  L-R Standing – Orbie Pullen, Rachel Capil, Jonathan Gomez, Linnae Asiel-Gomez, Billy Kessler  |  L-R Sitting – Duncan Reyes, Alex Barranco, Jason & Laura Mitchell