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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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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




Congratulations to the NEW “Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Caranna” who tied the knot last September 12, 2015 at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena.  These stunning images were captured by the keen eye of Ginny Silver with Retrospect Images, and you can only imagine how amazing the rest will look like.  Meanwhile, take a look at Jacqui & Kevin’s special day … more to come!

Special KUDOS to my uber-talented team of wedding professionals who helped me create a day they will never forget.

Wedding Planning & Event Design:  Duncan Reyes and Chandler Hess Von Bayer – F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Photography:  Ginny Silver – Retrospect Images

Cake:  Model Bakery

Catering:  Elizabeth Harris and Ashlynn Marston – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

DJ Entertainment:  Paul Burchfield and Mike Calpito – Big Fun Disc Jockeys

Floral Design:  Erica Veronica Grabue – EV Floral Design

Hair:  Brittany

Make-Up:  Josette

Officiant:  Tony Sy (Bride’s Uncle)

Venue (Ceremony & Reception):  Elizabeth Harris and Ashlynn Marston – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Venue (Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Picnic):  Crane Park, St. Helena

Videography:  Eisen Tuazon and Ross (On-Site Videographer) – Orange Blossom Films


















GAME OF THRONES is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO.  Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.  For this particular Holiday Party, my Clients wanted me to transform The Velvet Room at The Clift Hotel in San Francisco into this periodic medieval fantasy that is complex, multi-layered, surreal, vibrant and imaginative providing an ambiance that will draw your eye in to the surprising level of detail.  And that’s exactly what was done – we gave them the “WOW Factor”!  Tbanks to my collaboration with Jonathan Gomez of Asiel Design and my incredible “Dream Team”, the Kingdoms of Westeros came to life, right down to hiring Actors (and dogs as Direwolves) who portrayed the key characters of the show such as Jon Snow, Robb Stark and Daenarys Targaryen.  The Velvet Room never looked so exquisitely stunning and my Clients were awe-inspired and ecstatic with the results.  These fabulous images were all captured on film by the keen eye of Clane Gessel with Clane Gessel Photography.

Event Planning & Design:  Duncan Reyes, F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design

Event Photography:  Clane Gessel, Clane Gessel Photography

Floral, Props & Decor, Tablescape & Event Design:  Jonathan Gomez & Meg Ethridge, Asiel Design

DJ, Entertainment & Lighting:  Jason Mitchell, Adam Gold (as Jon Snow & Emcee) and his dog Belvedere (as Ghost), Billy Gold (as Robb Stark) and his dog, Apollo (as Grey Wind), Shannon Nelson (as Daenarys Targaryen), Shana Goldberg (On-Site Production Manager), DJ Rikki Aldridge & DJ Maxwell Alegria, Gatsby Entertainment Group

Catering, Hotel Accommodations & Venue:  Claire Holder, Devin Singer & Steven Hoffman, The Velvet Room at The Clift Hotel San Francisco

Event Rentals & Tablescape Design:  Mindy Roark-Aldridge, Classic Party Rentals San Francisco




This photo taken by Duncan Reyes

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Each and every time I plan a Wedding, I always tell all my Wedding Couples that the only way we can make a success of your special day is to take care of it as though it was my best friend’s wedding.  Trust me … trust you … trust your Vendors.  And that’s exactly what Bryan & John did.  Not only were they the most remarkable couple I have ever met, they too have become very good friends … Friends for Life!

” We can’t begin to express our thanks and gratitude for all you have done!  The level of detail is impeccable.  Your creativity is off the charts, and all your unflappable demeanor is amazing.  You never once said “No” – only “Standby”, “Done”, “I’ll take care of it”.  From a Television Producer and a Medical Researcher who both pay close attention to detail, we can’t tell you how comforting those words and “can do” attitude have meant to us.  You have made our most important day a spectacular event that our Friends and Families, and most importantly ourselves, will be talking for years.  You and your Team really are “The Dream Team”, and we’re very lucky to have all of you.  But most importantly … YOU! ” — Bryan Nadeau & Dr. John C. Davis, Jr. (Grooms)

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

Photography:  Sandra Marie Fazzino & Jennifer Low – Sandra Fazzino Photography

Cake:  Maralyn Tabatsky – Have Your Cake

Catering and Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Gail Lee – The University Club of San Francisco

Ceremony Sound:  DJ Jason Mitchell & DJ Josh Regal – Gatsby Entertainment

Entertainment:  DJ Jason Mitchell & DJ Josh Regal – Gatsby Entertainment

Floral Design:  Jeeryn Dang – Tanjeeryn Designs

Grooming:  Nancy Marsalis & Nellie Magunda

Hotel Accommodations:  Janel Barns & Jane Kim – Stanford Court Hotel

Lighting:  DJ Jason Mitchell & DJ Josh Regal – Gatsby Entertainment

Officiant:  Rev. Dave Sammons – San Francisco Unitarian Universalist Church

Printing:  Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez – Creative Designs By Mimi

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

Rentals (Chirvari Chairs):  Beverly Yip – Especially Yours Chair Covers & Chirvari Chairs

Tuxedo Rentals & Sales:  Michael Davenport – Black Tie Tuxedos

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner):  Francesco d’Ippolito – Poesia