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San Jose, CA

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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Rita Alexis Design blog's mission is to share knowledge for design + paper through super informative and beautifully curated posts. I hope to share my love for wedding stationery and design theory with anyone and everyone interested in the world of design!

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RAD [Freebie] Bridal Thank You Notes

Rita Garcia

Brides and engaged ladies, this one's for you! I know you're going to be a busy bee planning every detail of every aspect of your wedding.

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And along the way, you're going to call on the help of your tribe (bridesmaids, cousins, sisters, moms, grandmas, dads, uncles, etc). In addition, you'll have a team of vendors that is going execute your dream wedding so you can relax and enjoy it.What I have for you are some cute bridal notes to thank those who have helped you along the way.

Download them below!

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Instructions:

  1. Print out your favorite thank you note... or all of them!
  2. Simply cut along the perimeter of the solid lines.
  3. Then fold in half on the dotted line.
  4. Now write your sweet, personable note to your squad. 
  5. Deliver with a smile! 

Snap a photo and add #radbride!

Modern Mexican Styled Shoot Featured on 100 Layer Cake

Rita Garcia

Rita Alexis Design partnered with K2 Event Production and Betsie Wing to design a beautifully styled shoot inspired by a modern Mexican motif! Photography (all featured in this post, as well!): Betsi Ewing / Venue: The Ruby Street / Designer & Wedding Planner: K2 Event Production / Florist: Pigsty / Hair & Makeup: Paige of BE.NYLA / Printed Materials: Rita Alexis Design/ Baked Goods: Smoky Hollow Baking Co / Rentals: Classsic Party Rentals / Linens: Nuage DesignsLa Tavola / Bridal Gown: Galia Lahav / Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Tie & Bowties: Neck & Tie Co / Custom Accessories: IZOLA & ODEME / Models: Isabella Grosso & Jeff Stanfield

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RAD September Mobile Wallpaper Freebie

Rita Garcia

September of last year was AMAZING. You want to know why?! Because my husband and I were blessed enough to visit the country you see in these wallpapers... ITALY! Photographed here is the famous Almalfi Coast... and it was simply magical!

You can view our wonderful trip here for more magical photos, but here's a glimpse into a couple of more wonderful sites from that trip.

Download your wallpaper below!

RAD [Freebie] Bridal Paper Fan

Rita Garcia

Story Time! My wedding was in the middle of August... aka HOT.

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However, we never imagined it would be THAT hot. It was a whopping 95 degrees! Luckily only our ceremony was outside and the reception was inside (where the AC was pumping). In case you have the chance of a 95 degree wedding, here are some fun fans for the bride and bridesmaids! They can be used for props or to cool yourselves down!

Download them below!

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Instructions:

  1. Print out the two pages per fan.
  2. Cut out any margins your printer may have.
  3. You'll glue or tape onto the portion that says to glue.
  4. Now fold, in a zig zag pattern, on the dotted lines.
  5. Voila! Fan is ready!

Snap a photo and add #radbride #radbridesmaid!

RAD August Mobile Wallpaper Freebie

Rita Garcia

Can you believe it's August?!

I took a bit of a break from my social media... but I'm back! As we enter a new month, it's reminds me of the beginnings of a fresh start. I heard a wise and amazing man (#barackobama) say about an extraordinary woman (#michelleobama) she had GRIT & GRACE. I thought those were two words that complemented each other so well despite being so polar opposite. Personally, I've been through the ringer the past couple of months and I plan on taking on August and the future with #gritandgrace. Although I can be a bit more gritty than graceful, but I also give myself grace through those rougher periods. You can remind yourself of this motto by downloading your free wallpaper here www.ritaalexisdesign.com/blog

RAD June Mobile Wallpaper Freebie

Rita Garcia

Summa Summa Time!

Enjoy the heat and this adorable little wallpaper for your mobile FREE! Get yours below!

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RAD Annual Jolly Card

Rita Garcia

Today is always a mix of emotions for me. But like the card says, I always try to take the JOLLY approach. So, print this free card and send it to a friend that makes you feel all warm and Jolly inside. I'm sure they'd appreciate it more than you know.

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My sweet Jolly passed of Marfan Syndrome, which no one knew he had. If you're interested in helping in a cause that helps those with Marfan Syndrome, please check out this link here: https://give.marfan.org/fundraise/team?ftid=117130

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Mama's Day Mini Card Freebie!

Rita Garcia

With Mother's Day around the corner, you should definitely take some time to make sure you're honoring that special little lady. In addition to your flowers, chocolates, spa dates, or dinners out, give them this pretty little card (along with some awesome personal words from you)! And don't worry, grandma gets one, too Grab yours below!

Cinco De Mayo Cake Toppers

Rita Garcia

Cinco de Mayo is always fun to celebrate since I get to celebrate part of my culture! It is important to know that this celebration is of the victory of The Battle of Puebla over the French, and not the Mexican Independence Day :) Now that the history lesson is over, go ahead and grab your cute little cake toppers, flan toppers, pan dulce toppers, or whatever your little corazon desires!

May Flowers Free Mobile Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

Oh la la! We're officially into May! Bring on the heat. Bring on the flowers. Bring on the sunny long sunny days! And I'm bringing some pretty flowers to your handheld BFF. Grab yours below!

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RAD DIY St. Patrick's Day Mini Party Hats

Rita Garcia

Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day! While everyone wears green, you'll bring the bright and colorfulness to the party by wearing this fun Mini Party Hat! I know, I know... this isn't exactly wedding stationery... but I love a good paper DIY!

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Alrighty, so here's what you'll need:
 

  • RAD Mini Party Hat Printable
  • Cardstock paper for the crown (or gold cardstock)
  • Colorful Pom Poms
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Glue gun
  • Double sided tape
  • scissors
  • hole puncher (although, unnecessary)
  • ribbon/string


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Print out the RAD Mini Party Hat Printable here on cardstock paper (gold for extra oomph)
  2. Cut out the the printable and trim out the holes on the sides (Hole puncher or mini hole puncher works)
  3. String the ribbon/string into the sides of the crown, and either glue-gun, tape, or tie a knot.
  4. Cut about 2 inches high and 8 inches long of crepe paper/tissue paper. Fold the paper vertically in half so now your paper is 1 inch by 8 inches.
  5. Now you're going to either grab your fringe scissors or regular scissors and cut across (not all the way!)
  6. Tape or glue-gun the fringe paper inside the cap.
  7. Now put your hat together and tape or glue-gun it together.
  8. Grab your colorful pom poms and decorate as you please!
  9. Wear it with colorful pride!

Enjoy!

RAD March Lucky Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

For all of my practicing Catholics out there who are doing away with a vice for the Lent season.. I wish you all the LUCK!! And to keep your mind preoccupied, download this adorable wallpaper below!
 

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2016 RAD Wedding Suite Roundup!

Rita Garcia

Friends! Last year was a whirlwind of learning and creating for Rita Alexis Design (RAD) as it was my first year as a baby business (side hustle, at that!). Although I love learning (even if I wasn't too keen on it at the time) the ins-and-outs of business, like the bookkeeping, legals, sales funnels, etc, my absolute favorite is looking at all the stationery I designed with all my RAD brides! Such a wonderful experience to be a part of a couple's beginning <3

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Jemille and Wallace's Simple and Rustic Wedding Invite

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Lydia + Eli's Secret Garden Invite Suite

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Amber and Chris's Colorful and Comic-book Inspired Suite

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Kelsey and Adam's Whimsically Chic Suite

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Wedding Suite Giveaway Suite!

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RAD Valentine's Day Hangtag Freebie

Rita Garcia

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for love. And although Valentine's Day is deemed as a commercial holiday, I don't see any problem with showing the ones you love a little extra mushiness today. So, of course, I designed some adorable little hang tags for you to hang onto whatever gift you decide to spoil your loved ones with. Candies? Date Night? A bottle of wine? Whatever your loved ones like, these sweet little hang tags will hug them perfectly.

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TOOLS

  • Hang tag printable
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (not necessary)
  • String/Ribbon


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Print out your favorite hang tag.
  2. Trim with scissors and punch a hole at the top.
  3. Grab your favorite string (bakers twine or some lovely satin ribbon) and wrap accordingly.

Send a Card to a Friend Day! (Free Card)

Rita Garcia

When a text message, comment, or like doesn't satiate that quality friend time, sometimes some snail mail can do the trick! And one that brings the tropical feel to our gloomy winter days is the cheery on top! Print this mini friend card, trim, and send to your friend ASAP! Their little heart will fill up! #SendACardToAFriendDay

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Rita + Sean Wedding Vendor Thankful Roundup

Rita Garcia

Mr. Gunn and I have been married for almost a year and a half now–no more newlywed title.  However, as we celebrated our 1 year anniversary, we looked back at all of the photos reminiscing about all the fun times we had. That said, we had so many people to thank for our big day. I've done a round up of all these wonderful wedding vendors who made our day perfect. Check them out below!

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Alissa Bell Press

I want to start with Alissa Bell Press. She's literally the nicest person you'll ever meet and she treats you like you're family. She letterpress printed our invitations and I couldn't be more happy. She also has a couple of wedding suites out which are gorgeously simple and modern. Please visit your shop and see for yourself--you won't be disappointed!
 

R&R Photography

The smiliest (I'm pretty sure that's not a word) photographer you will ever meet. We had the honor of having Randy photograph our big day. Not only did he do this, but he also helped with our ceremony rehearsal! I couldn't be more happy with our photos. He followed my designer/art director direction (which can be a bit much at times!) but he did it all with a smile. If you're looking for a Monterey Bay or SF Bay photography, Randy's your man! 



Venia Spa

Well, Jessica Berlanga, owner, to be exact. This woman is not only beautiful inside and out, she is talented, ambitious, and amazing at what she does. She beautified me (MUAH), helped with my veil, and always does it with a smile on her face and silly conversation too! Did I mention, she's AMAZING at sculpting brows and applying the best lashes!? If you're in Salinas, please treat yourself to the talent Jessica and her amazing Venia Spa! Thank you, Jessica! 



Kirigin

Kirigin Cellars ... well and Cindy, well, cause Cindy's awesome. Aside from Cindy, our venue coordinator, making it easy every step of the way, my husband and I knew that Kirigin Cellars was the place we were going to get married. I mean, LOOK AT THAT VIEW. Granted, it was a million degrees, but the vast amount of natural beauty of the rolling mountains, the greenery... and that GORGEOUS SUNSET... *sigh* takes me back to that magical day! Anyone getting married near the south San Jose or Monterey Bay coast should definitely check them out! 
 


Studio LoveJoy

I have to preface this with "LoveJoy" isn't a cute name they made up--it's their last name! I mean, really. How perfect is that! We had the honor of working with Nick on our engagement shoot. HOLY SMOKES. He's amazing. So easy to work with (like you'd want to grab a drink with the guy after). But his work... *swoon* He captured everything I wanted! Everything! I really wish we could have had him as our wedding day photographer in addition to Randy! I highly recommend Studio LoveJoy... they have so many years of experience and the talent is just oozing out of them.
 


Sean <3

Lastly, I'm thanking the most special person in the world–MY HUSBAND. He knew marrying a designer/associate art director, who loves to craft and hand-make things, that our wedding was going to be DIY... and not because we were trying to save a couple bucks (although, it did help ), but because that's just the creative in me. He knew I wanted to have OUR touch on everything, so when our guests experienced our wedding, they weren't just experiencing a well-curated Pinterest-worthy event, thye were experiencing Sean + Rita's wedding. That being said, he made sure to help as much as possible every step along the way. I deemed him the Paper Florist since he literally hand-crafted ALL OF OUR FLOWERS, and they were gorgeous! I literally could not have done any of it without him by side... and I'm OVER-THE-MOON grateful that I get to continue to experience all that life has to offer with him #NoLongerANewlyWed #ButStillPrettySappy

Well... there you have it! Stay tuned for our 1 year anniversary trip to the breathtaking ITALIA!!

Ciao ciao,
Mrs. Gunderson

December RAD Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

Ahh.. December. We don't get the white Christmas here in the Bay Area, California... but it is freezing. And by freezing, I mean, it's like 50 degrees, so it's freezing by California standards. Download your December wallpaper today!

November RAD Mobile Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

Can you believe November is here already?! Holy smokes! Well, to add to your Pumpkin Spiced everything, comfy sweaters, and cozy leggings, I've designed a sweet little mobile wallpaper for you ladies! You can download below!

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