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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.

Roxanna & Michael Tie the Knot!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Roxanna Varguez-Medina who wed last Sunday, October 6th at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio.

Roxanna and Michael’s Wedding was inspired by their Mexican heritage, replete with vibrant elements of colors and florals, delectable authentic cuisine and riveting folkloric dancing that perfectly enhanced their “Fiesta” aesthetics. 

The Bride looked ravishing in a stunning Watters wedding gown from Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier, made with hand-beaded Chantilly Lace, fit to flare, accented with a keyhole back and a natural belted waist detail.

Floral design was splattered with bright palettes of burgundy, reds, oranges, pinks and hints of blues using Spray Roses, Dahlias, Zinnias, Mums and Mokara Orchids just to name a few.  Multi-colored vintage vases, red and blue votive candle holders sprinkled across the dinner tables.

Guests were entertained by the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico with their dance and musical styles created to be reflective of Mexico’s many regions, folklore traditions and music genres.  It involved elaborate costumes of Ladies in bright swirling skirts. The Gentlemen with the 8-piece Mariachi Band were handsomely dressed in elegant Charro suits and silver-studded pants.  And a Mariachi Trio that serenaded the Guests with romantic old latin love songs during Dinner.

Food was a very important component that added to their wedding day.  And I always love it when food plays off the overall event theme, and when they have fun with it.  Rebecca Jean Catering’s affinity to please the palate kept the crowd wanting for more.  Fresh flavors and an appealing line-up of Appetizers such as their Seafood Ceviche Verde of Halibut, Squid and Shrimp with Tomatillo and Lime, along  with Miniature Sopes with Chicken Tinga Poblano garnered rave reviews.  Dinner starters began with a refreshing Little Gem and Upland Cress Salad with Jicama, Orange Supremes, Spiced Pepitas in Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette.  Dazzling family-style entrees followed with Braised Beef Short Ribs with Housemade Mole Negro;  Snapper alla Veracruz;  Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans with Garlic and Bay, Arroz a la Mexicana;  and Tamales with Poblano Chiles, Corn and Queso Oaxaca that warmed their hearts as much as their appetite.  And of course, accompaniments included warm La Palma Tortillas and Grilled Nopales Salad.  Tantalizing the sweet tooth, everyone indulged in the traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies and Caramel-filled Coffee Shortbread Cookies partnered with Coffee infused with Cinammon and Vanilla.  While the Bride and Groom savored their Wedding Cake delectably prepared by Chef Bala Subrahmanyam with The Cakemaker.  And the rest of the evening, they all danced to their heart's content.

Y un Mill√≥n de Gracias! …… and a Million Thanks to my fantabulous Wedding Vendors – your talents never cease to amaze me!

mmmm …… Cena Sabrosa!!!

Wedding Planning and Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes and Alex Barranco

Photography  |  Edyta Szyszlo

Catering  |  Rebecca Jean Alonzi and Marina Patton

Catering (Beverage)  |  Tim Smith

Entertainment (Ceremony)  |  Rachel Turner-Houk

Entertainment (Mariachi Band)  |  Raymundo Coronado
Mariachi Mexicanisimo

Entertainment (Mariachi Trio)  |  Wences Galeana
Trio Los Romanticos

Entertainment (DJ)  |  Tony Wan

Floral Design  |  Jeeryn Dang

Hair and Make-Up  |  Lisa Manss and Kendall Cool

Hotel Accommodations  |  The Inn at the Presidio

Lighting Design  |  Brandon Cruz

Officiant  |  Fr. Tom Seagrave

Photo Booth  | Jared Grellnr

Printing and Stationeries  |  Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez

Transportation (Rolls Royce)  |  Carl Payne

Venue (Ceremony)  |  Natasha Zellerbach

Venue (Reception)  |  Melinda Durfee

Wedding Cake  |  Chef Bala Subrahmanyam
The Cakemaker

Wedding Gown  |  Gabrielle Contreras
Gabrielle's Bridal Atelier

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner  |  Park Chow

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