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Specializing in event stationery (but not limited to), my goal is to give you the opportunity to express your personality and style through design that exemplifies you. With over 10+ years in the design world and loving every second of it, coupled with my innate nature to help others, and being the planner at heart that I am, allow me to provide a one-of-kind design experience. Simply stated, Rita Alexis Design is smitten with all things design.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary to Mr. Gunn and I!

Rita Garcia

And just like that... 730 days / 104 weeks / 24 months / 2 years have passed since our perfect little day we were blessed enough to celebrate with our family and friends on 08.15.15.

We've gone on so many adventures from small trips down the coast of California, to large trips overseas; to little wins with new business and jobs, and some extraordinary heartbreaking losses. But there's no one in this world I'd rather rejoice in every single happy moment with or ugly cry on his shoulder with than that man I said "yes, I'll be your girlfriend" 6.5 years ago and "I do" to being your wife 2 years ago. Feels like we've experienced so many highs and lows and we're just getting started! I love you more than you will ever know.

Enough of the sappy stuff! Interested in what we did for our 2 year anniversary? Read below!

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08.15.15

Sean + Rita

We decided to stay a bit local this anniversary since we're planning on another mini trip next month! Although, our local (Bay Area, California) is a wealth of fun and beautiful places, we decided on wine country–Napa, to be exact! 

Napa was absolutely gorgeous. From the more vintage homes, the smaller towns, the Summer Nights bands, the beautiful weather, the delicious food, to of course, the WINE... we were completely blissful. I've hinted to going through some life tribulations, so having this little getaway to celebrate our love was the PERFECT stay-cation. 

Friday night started with checking out a Friday night band playing near the river in downtown; followed by a delicious cheese platter. #softcheesesrock Next, we had tapas for the first time at Zuzu's. We were seated at the end of a longer table of a big party, so it wasn't exactly the romantic setting we were looking for, but hey, roll with the punches, right? #silverlining The food was DELICIOUS. I'm a nibbler/snacker, so tapas were perfect for me. We then went in search for ice cream, but unfortunately it was closed. At least I got to sit in a huge chair! 

Saturday came and we were ready for wine tasting. We went on the historic Napa Valley Wine Trolley and it was super fun! The wind in your face/hair everywhere was a bit much in the beginning, (yea, my beautiful curls were a bit less voluminous) but the weather was great!

First stop was Pestoni Winery! Five wines tasted and I was feeling goooood. You have to give me a break though. I hadn't had one ounce of alcohol in 4 months! I can't remember the wine name, but it was the first one (a white wine), but that was my favorite (of all the wines tasted–perhaps because it was the first wine?). And the chocolate sauce with wine was divine. I'm sure I just liked the chocolate though. Ha! Outside was gorgeous. We played cornhole and sat with large lady bugs! And I must note, I made quite a few in the cornhole, holding my purse, wineglass and in wedges on grass. #talent

Second stop was Raymond Vineyards! I was so excited about this place only because of the cool frames they had set up outside. The inside did not disappoint either! It definitely was themed throughout and seemed to cater to a younger crowd. We tasted in the Red Room. It was swanky and luxurious. Kind of like Hugh Hefner would like it or Moulin Rouge could be filmed there. By this time, I'm pretty buzzed. And although only my husband saw, I rolled on my ankle taking a photo near the frames outside. But to be fair, there was a dip in the grass that I didn't see–hence the awkward stance. And I fell pretty gracefully. #dontjudge

Next on the trolley stop was Cosentino! Here, we were served lunch. And thankfully so since I was in need of something to absorb this alcohol. The food was from The Girl and the Fig and was delicious! (Sandwiches, pasta, fig cookies, brownies). We all sat at a long table and had fun chatting with everyone. Our wine sommelier was pretty awesome. He knew his stuff, was personable, funny, a legit chef, AND a football star from ASU (with a massive ring to prove it!). 

Our last stop #sadface was Andretti. We were all about drinking the wine and playing in the vines (to taste the grapes!). At this point, I don't even remember the taste of these wines. Perhaps why it was the last stop?

We were then dropped off by the Oxbow Market. Why we decided to eat again, not sure. But we did. I didn't eat much, but definitley saved room for dessert! #ricemilkforthewin When we arrived back at our hotel, I don't remember even falling asleep! But 2 hours later, in daze, we decided to go back out on the town. We were both a little out of it but grabbed a snack and more wine. The restaurant we chose ended up turning into a mini club which was pretty cool. Although it was a bit odd seeing these young (and some older) folks dancing to "This is how we do it"... drinking hard alcohol... in Napa. #shrugs

Our SnapChat of a silly time!

The next morning, thankfully, I had no hangover. We decided to have a picnic in the adorable town of Yountville (10 miles above Napa) which is like a mini French town. Our picnic, unfortunately was cut short by some bees, so we headed out. It was fairly early at that point, so we decided to go to this elusive castle our Trolley drover mentioned–Castello di Amorosa. And OMG, it's a legit castle... with bricks and animals! The views from up there were also super gorgeous. All in all, an AMAZING getaway.

On our ACTUAL anniversary (8.15, a Tuesday), we took it easy. We had Ethiopian food for the first time (super yum!) and cuddled watching Netflix. But we started it off re-reading our vows to one another. Of course, I teared up. #sap From adventures to simple pleasures, no one I'd rather do them with than my hubs. <3