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He began as a Corporate Event Planner until his tenure as Catering Manager for luxury San Francisco hotels, as well as the General Manager/Director of Events for the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Later became the Catering Manager for Weddings at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel. Impressive accolades have given him credentials to recognize him as an Independent Food Editor, Restaurant Critic and a Contributing Writer for several media publications. Spanning impressive years in Wedding and Event Planning, his passion has taken 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 in their “Book Of Lists 2009”. Duncan is a member of the National Assoc. of Catered Events (NACE) and last April 2010 was voted “Member of the Year” 2010 and the 2013 Winner of Silicon Valley NACE's coveted Best of the Industry Award in Event Design. In January 2011, 2012 and 2013, received prestigious recognition with the WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award for Wedding Planning.

Anna & Etai Tie the Knot!

Last Sunday, August 18th, I had the greatest privilege to witness and coordinate ANNA LUTZKY and ETAI WEININGER’s wedding celebration that took place at the Chardonnay Golf Club in American Canyon. 

It was rich in ceremonial customs stemming from Jewish rituals and Moroccan traditions handed down from generation to generation.  Etai comes from a family of rabbis among those his mother, Rabbi Tsepora Gabai, who imbues the Jewish traditions both Sephardic and Ashkenazic through prayer, songs and stories from their heritage.

Their Jewish wedding ceremony officiated by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom, held outdoors in the Moonlight Grove proceeded according to Jewish religious law and culminated in the groom breaking the glass in memory of the destruction of the Temple while the crowd resounds with the joyful ululations (high-pitched tongue trill noise) wailed by the female guests.

Along with a myriad of festive traditions in food, décor and celebration was the enhancement of vibrant music performed by a band, Kugelplex, renowned as California’s rockin’-est purveyor of Klezmer and Old-World party music that is as soulful as the dance that filled the dancefloor with revelers all night.

Later that evening, in homage to their culture, they held a Henna Reception where Anna’s hands were painted with henna dye designs and symbols on the palm of her hand that symbolize fertility and protection from evil.  And the tradition states that the color stays on her hands for up to two week.  According to Morrocan folklore, the bride is exempt of her domestic duties until the henna disappears.  Here, along with the Bride and Groom, some of their guests had changed into traditional Moroccan Kaftans and Jellaba (the long white robe predominantly worn by men) as Anna and Etai joined their families for dancing, and of course, traditional Moroccan Desserts displayed in trays flanked with candles, that were brought and pranced around the bride & groom.

It was a magical evening distinct with rich cultural flavor and exquisite dancing and merriment, amid an atmosphere of festivity and joy. 

Mazel Tov, Anna and Etai!

Many thanks to my incredible team of Wedding Vendors "Extraordinnaire" for their hard work and tireless efforts in providing Anna and Etai a fabulous Wedding!

Wedding Planning and Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes and Alex Barranco

Photography  |  Steve Hughes

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes  |  Pat Powell

Catering, Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Venues  |  Noy Mendoza

Entertainment (Ceremony and Reception)  |  Jason Ditzian

Entertainment (DJ)  |  Raffi Silberblatt

Floral Design  |  Katharina Stuart

Hotel Accommodations  |  Megan Blankenheim

Lighting Design and Event Rentals  |  Ana Stone

Linen Rentals  |  La Tavola Linens

Hair and Make-Up  |  Jenna and Sarah Dean

Officiant  |  Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Videography  |  Evan Harrar
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