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Quinta Arratz Destination Wedding in Baja California, Mexico

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“She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together, but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze, and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect women don’t exist, but there’s always one woman that is perfect for you.”

A Destination Wedding At Quinta Arratz, Baja California, Mexico

I followed the exact directions to Quinta Arratz and was disappointed, feeling the maps had misled me. We sat outside the venue for what felt like an hour, waiting and waiting for the party to arrive so we could have our first look at the venue and plan our shots for the wedding that would take place within 16 hours. Once Angie and Vanessa arrived and were allowed to roam, we found it to be a hidden paradise, truly. Outside the venue were dry, dusty roads with fields in every direction, but inside were green, perfectly cared-for grounds. Yeah, a paradise. I loved everything about it.

The Quinta Arratz Wedding venue is in the Valle de Guadalupe, about 30 minutes from Ensenada, Mexico. Known as a popular tourist destination for wine and Baja Med cuisine, it was called the “Napa of Baja.” Not sure that’s accurate, but it doesn’t matter to me anyway because it’s beautiful and has all vibes of a wonderful, small Mexican town.

Beautiful gardens, shade everywhere to keep the guests out of the powerful sun, and one of the nicest cocktail areas I’ve seen to date. What a pristine venue. Quinta Arratz’s Wedding venue would easily start above $25,000 in the U.S., but was nowhere near the number when we asked. 

Images shot and edited by Michael Ares

The Brides

I was connected to Angie through Instagram many months ago. Instead of just playing text-tag, we decided to just jump on the phone and let the questions fly. We must’ve talked for what felt like an hour, and near the end I was shocked (hurt feelings, If I’m being honest), when she said, “I’m sorry, what’s your name again?” A real ‘lol’ moment. My Instagram name is rckyhurtadomy website is rickyhurtado.com, but still I was asked the question. It let me know that she’s used to being the cool one everywhere she goes, and after seeing her get loved on at her wedding, my suspicions were right. Angie is absolutely the cool one in her circles. 

Vanessa. Just beautiful. I’m from Paramount, originally, and she’s from Bellflower. We were practically neighbors for several years as well as I lived near Alondra and Clark Ave. A small world indeed.
“Cornuta? Wait, what side of Cornuta.” Her Mom says it’s all the same, regardless of whether you’re North of Alondra or South of it. Learned some new things.

Many thanks, you Two. My wife, Myself, and Michael felt so taken care of and appreciated for our roles on your wonderful, special day. Angie, going to bat for us and making sure we ate before everyone else was a golden moment, really. I hope this video and Michael Ares’ photography can pay back any level of kindness, multiplied, that you both bestowed on us. It just fit, and it felt right. Again, many thanks.

Special shout-out for Ethan. The guy was wearing his emotions on the outside all day; a kind and gentle soul. What a sweetheart that dude was. 

Baja Wedding Videographer

What a fun and cool vibe this wedding was! Music, dancing, and laughter all the way through! And I won’t ever complain when I am handed such beautiful locations and gorgeous couples to shoot. The pinnacle of every wedding film for me will always be the story. All day long, I listen, I keep my eyes open, constantly seeking for those details that will assist me in telling the story, the critical ingredient that takes my work from being a recap & highlight film to being a Wedding Film, a love story, told by those who mean the most to the couple. It’s all about their story, love for each other, and how they and their family show that throughout the day! Guys, much love to you, and have a wonderful life together! Bring on more weddings in Mexico! 

The cover photo for this post was provided by Michael Ares

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Venue: Quinta Arratz, Villa De Guadalupe
Photographer: Michael Ares

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Hello, and welcome to my site. My name is Ricky and I am a full-time creative. I shoot wedding films, do photography, build websites, and all other kinds of creative stuff but weddings are by far my favorite bits to work. I am from Los Angeles and currently reside in Orange County, CA with my wife, Deelisa, and our beautiful daughter, Elia.

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Ricky was the best surprise videographer hand-picked by our incredible photographer. We never met him nor did we tell him what we wanted or needed in our video. Truly, we didn’t know how good of hands we were in until we saw the 30 second teaser and I was in a puddle of tears of utter happiness.
To be able to tell a story that evokes such strong emotion in a wedding video is a gift. Most wedding videos are sweet and beautiful but Ricky’s video captured personal moments with sentimentality that is rare to find.
The video was never cheesy, never flashy, never wannabe “Vogue”, swoopy, nor trying to be too artsy or trendy. Also, I’m so glad my voice was not on that video and I’m so relieved Ricky took that risk to go a little off the usual script and was able to tell a compelling story.

Thank you Ricky for your editing and story-telling magic and professionalism.
Anyone interested in hiring this man, do not hesitate. Book him now! You won’t be disappointed.

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