A minute ago I returned home from a FABULOUS event, and I’m still all giddy about it – Duncan’s Downtown Bday party! Duncan – who? Duncan Reyes, of course – who certainly does NOT need any kind of introduction. But, should you by any chance not belong to the 99.9% of people “in the know” who he is: he is the “wedding guru of the Bay Area,” as quite a few of his guests reverently referred to him. And, believe me, he deserves every bit of that honorary title!
Just back from orchestrating a HUGE wedding in Mumbai, India (the talk of the evening was a whispered total cost in the 7-digit range…), Duncan used his regular “Martini Madness” events for colleagues and friends for an early Birthday celebration – and tout le (chic!) monde flocked to Infusion Lounge in downtown San Francisco to join in the celebration. And I was lucky enough to be one of them!
Duncan, the devoted doggie Dad (to his diva, “Bella”) and I, equally devoted doggie Mom to “Buzz,” (the “Woof” in Wedding Woof) immediately found out that we are sharing a big interest! Here he is with his furry muse:
Well, “beautiful” was definitely the motto of the evening… starting with the location: Infusion Lounge, an ultra-hip bar in the heart of San Francisco, bathed in truly magical lighting:
Talk about chic… and the guests were definitely a crowd to match – a Who’s Who of the Bay Area’s foremost wedding professionals: fellow event coordinator Tony White of Extreme Elegance, BluBungalow Event Studio founder Hazel Bourget, Anastasia Alvarado of Grace Street Catering, event and catering managers Cristina Lopez of Kimpton Hotels and Katie Orndorff and Siba Tarassoly of Marriott – who assured me that both all Kimpton Hotels (Argonaut, Harbor Court, and Tuscan Inn in SF) and the downtown Marriott are, in fact, very dog-friendly! So listen up, all the “Woof” fans of Wedding Woof… that’s for you and your four-legged darlings! On to Robbie Schlosser of Magnolia Jazz Band who has been entertaining guests in the Bay Area since 1975 and rightfully considers himself a “veteran” – and whom, in fact, absolutely everyone greeted affectionately – “everyone knows Robbie!” Olympic Gold for the highest presence by sheer numbers, however, goes to the photographers who transform all these incredible events into tangible memories: Alex Ho, Auey Santos, Orbie Pullen and husband-and-wife team Ariel and Samuel Soto-Suver of Bowerbird Photography, “senior statesman” Richard Mayer, and Mike Steelman with the one-of-a kind steel (!) engraved business card… as I said – le Beau Monde, and brimming with creativity!
Birthday Boy Duncan took personal care of each and every one of his guests, inviting them to fun photo shoots in a photo booth with lots of hilarious props (think masks, hats, neon feather boas…) while his Mom and Sis were proudly looking on. He certainly is the quintessential, perfect party host!
Thanks for having us all, Duncan, and have a wonderful, successful and totally happy new year in your life!
Duncan Reyes/ Events by Design, www.duncanreyes.com
Infusion Lounge, infusionlounge.com
Tony White/ Extreme Elegance, extremeelegancebytony.com
Hazel Bourget/ BluBungalow,www.blubungalow.com
Anastasia Alvarado/ Grace Street Catering, www.gracestreet.wordpress.com
Cristina Lopez/Kimpton Hotels, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Orndorff/Marriott SF, email@example.com
Siba Tarassoly/Marriott SF, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robbie Schlosser, Magnolia Jazz Band, MagnoliaJazz.com
Alex Ho, alexhophotography.com
Auey Santos/Photograffiti, www.photograffiti.net
Orbie Pullen, orbiepullen.com
Ariel and Samuel Soto-Suver/Bowerbird Photography, www.bowerbirdphotography.com
Richard Mayer, www.MayerPhoto.com
Mike Steelman, mikesteelman.com