Saratoga Springs Summer Wedding beneath the Redwoods: Dani + Adam

Dani and Adam had a fairytale wedding full of romance tucked beneath the redwoods in central coast California at Saratoga Springs. Capturing their wedding day, from getting ready at the beautiful Cupertino Hyatt to the adventures on the party bus to the Holy Spirit Church of San Jose to the dazzling atmosphere of dancing beneath the redwoods at Saratoga Springs, was what photographers dreams are made of!

Dani and Adam go wayyyy back, but they didn’t officially meet until they were both teaching at the same high school. However, their families had already known each other, and their fathers even coached together. After their engagement in 2019, they had to put their dream wedding on hold, so finally, three years later, they had their fairytale wedding.

The day began with Dani and her amazing bridal squad (who willingly moved furniture around, altered dresses, and beamed for their amazing friend) getting ready at the hotel. And, since I had already photographed her brother’s wedding, I got to reconnect with his wife and meet their little one. While I rocked out with the gals, my husband snapped the guys re-creating the famous “Rat Pack” pool table photo in the reception area.

After a tear-jerking first look with Dani’s dad, brothers, and nephew, it was time to get married! The San Jose Holy Spirit Church set a lovely backdrop for the two to say “I do” and is also Dani’s grandmother’s church, so it holds a special place in the family.

The party bus to Saratoga Springs was full of incredible dance moves in preparation for what was to come. The venue was surrounded by redwoods, creeks, and stunning stone bridges. Family and friends played cornhole and enjoyed the delicious appetizers made by the bride’s family’s catering company, Zanotto’s.

After their grand entrance, the two beaming newlyweds led right into their first dance. Every one of their friends and family was smiling as they watched.

After a series of witty toasts and an adorable cake cutting, the dance party started. I had seen moves even new to me as a seasoned wedding pro. Impressive! My favorite moment was when Dani and Adam were hoisted up on chairs above the crowd. This crowd knew how to party!

A big congratulations to Dani and Adam on such a fun, joyous, and love-filled wedding and a lifetime of adventure together!


Dani + Adam’s Review: 

We cannot recommend the Chasing Chickadees team enough! Alicia and her husband were so supportive throughout the whole wedding planning process. Whenever I had questions, Alicia was happy to schedule a phone call or Zoom call to review any details and answer all my questions. Alicia is also the timeline queen and helped us figure out our entire wedding day timeline! Besides all that, our photos were absolutely stunning and truly captured the emotions felt throughout the day. Not to mention Alicia is the ultimate hype-woman and just makes you feel so good while taking photos. Thank you Chasing Chickadees for everything!


Venue | Saratoga Springs

Church | Holy Spirit

Coordinator | My Wedding Fairies

Floral |  Expressions Floral

Hair + Makeup | Beauty by Cherise

Dress | Hayley Paige at Bride + Bustle

Bridesmaid Jewelry | Lindsay’s Ear Shop

DJ | Gastby Entertainment

Catering | Saratoga Springs and Zanotto’s

Dessert | Icing on the Cake

Photo Booth | Bay Area Fotowagen

Photographer | Chasing Chickadees

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With over 15 years of experience, you can rest assured that you will be getting top-tier photography. I focus on the experience and put everyone immediately at ease with my vibrant + playful style. I bring joy with me and infuse it in every part of a session.

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