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San Francisco, CA, United States
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.

Brian and Emily Tie the Knot!

Congratulations to the new "MR. and MRS. BRIAN AND EMILY ETHRIDGE" who tied the knot last November 3rd at Roaring Camp in Santa Cruz.


Both Brian and Emily are 26, from San Jose. 

Brian dreams of being a Firefighter, has an AS degree in Fire Science from Mission College, graduated from South Bay Fire Academy and is actively pursuing his career.  Earning his EMT license, he is currently an EMT for WestMed.  Brian loves to read, listen to vinyl, enjoys the outdoors and will eat almost anything!

Emily went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco to pursue her passion in Visual Merchandising.  She also has a passion for Dancing.  She was heavily involved in a Dance Team from 6th Grade to her Freshman year in College, and dancing will always be a big part of her life.  She loves to cook, as well as bake, and is obsessed with anything S’more-related.


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.


”After a year and a half of dating, I decided to buy an engagement ring for Emily in April 2013.  In June, surprised Emily by getting a day-off so we could spend some time together.  After a week of planning and prepping, the day had arrived.  We drove out to Pescadero to grab lunch and have their Artichoke Bread which we loved so much.  The next stop on our day was to Memorial Park.  This place has special value to Emily and her Family because it’s where they grew up camping as Children, made memories and was the perfect place to propose to her.  I got her to give me a tour around the park where they played “capture the flag” and where her older brother, Matt, carved their last name into a giant fallen redwood.  When we came upon a small grove of redwoods, I came up from behind to hug her as I asked her to look up and see how high these trees were.  While she was looking up, I pulled out the box which inside held the ring on a necklace with a heart-shaped locket on it.  After she shook the box like a 6-year old girl does to figure out what’s inside her Christmas present, she opened it.  And inside the locket were the words inscripted “Be Mine Forever”.  After she looked into my eyes, squeezing me so tight, I asked her to be my Wife.  I couldn’t get down on my knees because she was holding me so tight.  But after a few breathless moments … she said “YES!”.  Shortly after, she finally released me and I got down on one knee and put the ring on her finger.  That moment was one of my happiest moments in my life.”

To Brian and Emily . . .
Love is patient, Love is kind
It does not envy, it does not boast
It is not proud, it is not rude
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth

Love always protects, alwayts trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres

Loves bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things

Love never ends

Love never fails

Thanks to all my fabulous Wedding Vendors, and to Dave and Meg Ethridge, Mitch Ethridge, Maddie Ethridge, Mike and Debbie Dow, Matthew Dow, Ethan Dow, and their Families and Friends for all their help, generosity, creativity, support and love in helping me create a memorable Wedding for both of them.

Wedding Planning and Event Design  |  Duncan Reyes and Alex Barranco

Photography  |  Orbie Pullen and Maryanne Reyes
Orbie Pullen Photography

Videography  |  Billy Kessler, Ryan Black and Rachil Capil
Kessler Films

Catering  |  Karen Major
Poetry In Motion

Entertainment  |  DJ Jason Mitchell

Floral Design  |  Jonathan and Linnae Asiel Gomez, Elysse and Design Team
Asiel Design

Hair and Make-Up  |  Amy Fyfe
Amy Fyfe Hair and Make-Up

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

Lighting and Drapery  |  John and Megan Woods
Enhanced Lighting and Audio-Visual

Officiant  |  Brad Schroer

Rentals  |
Melanie Leinweber, Hartmann Studios
Diana Cardenas and Alana Bournas, Napa Valley Linens

Venue (Ceremony and Reception)  |  Deanna Zercher
Roaring Camp

Venue (Rehearsal Dinner)  |  Shadowbrook Restaurant

Wedding Cake  |  Jill Heizman
The Buttery


Video by Billy Kessler of Kessler Films

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Photo 31 is epic! Go Orbie!!!!