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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.

Bryan & John | Engaged!

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Congratulations to BRYAN NADEAU and DR. JOHN C. DAVIS, JR. who are engaged to be wed on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the elegant historic University Club of San Francisco, a prestigious private club for events of distinction.  And their Wedding will be another spectacular affair that they will long remember.  Their wedding date marks 9 years of being together, with a Civil Ceremony held last July 26, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall right after the appeal of Prop. 8 by the Supreme Court.

How they met:
Who says you can't find love online?  Well these two are living proof as one of its success stories.  They both met on www.match.com ... and it's a long story.  But in short, John's membership was about to expire and Bryan's had expired.  Bryan got a random e-mail from someone on the site that lead to his re-engaging and sending John a "wink".  And the rest, as they say, was history.  It was 9 years ago when they knew early on that they had something very special - a strong sense of family, and both seeking for a life partner/soulmate.  

What they like about each other:
Bryan - "I love how he feels next to me, his sense of humor, how intelligent he is and of course, how handsome he is.  I'm so proud to have him in my arms when we are walking down the street.  He is simply an amazing man!"

John - "I knew instantly that Bryan was a special person.  He is a very caring man as is testimony to him adopting a newborn as a single parent.  He is the rock for our family and I know that he will always be there for me as my Partner for Life."

The Proposal:
Bryan - "I had everything set-up at Boulevard, John's favorite restaurant.  They would seat us in the back of the restaurant, have a dozen red roses on the table, and then I was all cued up to pop the question, between the Entree and the Dessert.  And as soon as he would say "YES!", which we all hoped he would, they would bring over two glasses of Champagne.  So John was leaving for Europe on a business trip the next day and was very distracted, which helped my plan a lot, since he doesn't like surprises.  And being a Researcher at heart, he figures it out anyway.  But not with this one.  I completely swept him off his feet and he had no idea whatsoever that this was coming.  So we finally arrived at Boulevard;  and our table wasn't quite ready yet, so we sat at the Bar having a drink and just talking.  Then when they took us to our table in the back, we were amazed with the view of of the Bay Bridge - just a beautiful setting!  And the roses on the table looked stunning.  So we were chatting about his upcoming trip, life, and about our son, Myles.  But before the Appetizers came, I quickly ran off to the restroom to get the ring and proposal ready to go - now I was ready!  After they had cleared the Entrees, I took his hand - and NO, I didn't go down on one knee.  However, I looked at him straight in the eye and proceeded to propose to him.  The look in his eyes was priceless, and of total shock, then elation, followed by a very firm "YES" he would marry me.  The waitstaff brought out a Cheese Plate with "Congratulations" to us and we floated through Dessert.  The whole Staff and our Waiter still remember us each time we come back to Boulevard - they did a spectacular job!"

John - "I was utterly surprised, which is a rarity for me.  And of course, I said "YES!".

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Bryan was busy raising their adopted son, Myles Nadeau-Davis, through the foster-to-adopt program, and it wasn't until 2 years later when Bryan and John first met.  Myles is now 11, and loves having two parents.  He is currently in 6th Grade at Town School for Boys.  And will be walking his Parents down the aisle ... what a terrific Family!

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

And this handsome fellow is Karl - "the 'Darling' of our lives, other than the wee little one, Myles!", says John.  Oh and by the way .. that is KARL with a "K", mind you - uh huh!!!  ;-)

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Bryan works as a Senior Producer at Kaiser Permanente, while John is a Group Medical Director at Genentech and an Associate Professor at University of California San Francisco.

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

Photo by Sandra Fazzino Photography

I can't wait to create a Wedding for them that will be nothing short of FA-BU-LOUS!  And of course, their Wedding wouldn't be complete without the help of my incredible "Dream Team" who are the most talented Masters of their Craft.  Thanks to all of you for what you do to make their Wedding dreams come true!

Wedding Planning and Event Design | Duncan Reyes and Alex Barranco | f. duncan reyes events by design

Catering, Ceremony and Reception Venue | Gail LeeThe University Club of San Francisco

DJ Ceremony and Reception Entertainment, Lighting and Sound | DJ Jason MitchellGatsby Entertainment

Floral Design | Jeeryn Dang | Tanjeeryn Designs

Formalwear | Michael Davenport | Black Tie Tuxedos

Hair, Make-Up and Grooming | Nancie Marsalis and Nellie Magunda

Hotel Accommodations | Janel Barnes and Jane Kim | Stanford Court Hotel

Limousine Transportation | Redner Rocha

Photography | Sandra Fazzino and Jennifer Low | Sandra Fazzino Photography

Printing and Stationeries | Mimi Renfro-Rodriguez | Creative Designs by Mimi

Rehearsal Dinner Venue | Francesco d'Ippolito | Poesia

Thank you, Brian and John, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to plan a stunning Wedding for both of you, and for our newfound friendship, comraderie and love.  Cheers to you, and to a Honeymoon that will last forever!

1 comment:

Barbara Danley said...

I'm weighing in first as one of the "Best Persons!" Bill and I are so excited for Bryan (my friend of 30 years) and John. Bryan had to pass Bill's approval, and John mine! Well gentlemen, clearly you made it. We love you and can't wait for the festivities to begin!"