Adamson House Wedding : Stephanie + Sam


Tethered to. That’s what the officiant said about Stephanie and Sam. That she–with all her wild ideas, fast talking ways, and flailing of arms to tell a story–was tethered to a man whose patience, calm, and strength made him an anchor in her life. Stephanie calls Sam her angel because they met at time when life’s winds were gusting around her and she tried to hold on, but to what? To whom? And then Sam happened.

They’ve clung to each other during each of life’s storm and have resulted as a stronger couple.

Last Saturday, as the sun shined brightly on Malibu’s Adamson House, Sam paced the grounds waiting for his bride to arrive. He nervously touched his Raiders cufflinks, adjusted his tie, chatted with his brothers, but she had yet to arrive. Then he read a note addressed to My Angel and Sam knew Stephanie planned to be with him, even when she wasn’t. Because, really, that’s what being tethered to means. Being an anchor when life is whizzing by.

Stephanie and Sam…being at your wedding made me fall deeper in love with photography because you gave me the freedom to just be. Thank you for your trust and encouragement…it really goes to show just what an amazing couple you are and the limitless possibilities ahead. I hope you’re enjoying French Polynesia…and being each other’s anchors in the sea! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

We started the day at Stephanie’s mother’s house in nearby Santa Monica, then headed to Malibu to finish preparations for the wedding at Adamson House. It was my first time photographing at the venue and I loved every minute of it!

Stephanie, lemme just say it again {and again}…you made such a GORGEOUS bride…I can’t even handle it!

Stephanie and Sam opted to see each other before the ceremony for a First Look (something I love and think makes the wedding day flow so much smoother!) and they did so under their favorite tree at Adamson House. It symbolized a lot to them, so for them to see each other as husband as wife for the first time was special.

We had plenty of time for wedding pictures around the beautiful venue and the light was just magical…

I was especially excited to see Found Vintage Rentals on hand with their beautiful design elements…

The stunning florals and bouquet was provided by Kate Holt of Flower Wild…loved her!

The light was amazing in Malibu on Saturday and Adamson House provided the most fabulous backdrop for a wedding…JD captured this moment between Stephanie and her dad as he walked her down the aisle…

Just after the ceremony, we were able to take a few more wedding pictures, as Stephanie expressed the importance of getting photos on her special day…a girl after my own heart! 😉

I captured this photo…and a few minutes later…

…JD captured this photo…

Many, many thanks to Kelley Gin of PIcture Perfect Events for planning a lovely day and paying attention to every last detail…

As a sugar addict, I was head.over.heels for this vintage dessert table at the wedding…so amazing! The ever fab Amy of Vanilla Bake Shop for providing the cupcakes and amazing wedding cake…

First Dance by the ocean…

To happily ever after…

To see more of Stephanie and Sam’s Adamson House wedding in Malibu, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow…or simply watch it here:

Happy Friday!

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  1. Kristin Nicole

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Stunning….love this wedding

  2. Emma Gardiner

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Could Stephanie’s dress be any more beautiful? Love the confetti shot.

  3. Damaris Mia

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    love love love! such a beautiful wedding 🙂

  4. Emily Crall

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Absolutely stunning. I can’t even describe how beautiful this is.

  5. Eileen

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Beautiful as always… but that looks like Johnny Depp in the shot of the 2 of them kissing on the dance floor! LOL

  6. Lynn Childs

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Gorgeous Jazzzi, was at the Adamson house yesterday enjoying the grounds and the great view of the surf and pier! Beautiful blog

  7. Lydia

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful captures Jasmine*! Totally feel the beautiful love between the couple~ Like you, I was totally drooling looking at the dessert bar (^ ^) Cheerio~

  8. Larita

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This is a rare wedding that makes me regret having just gone to the courthouse to get married. And that brings tears to my eyes. What a gorgeous day; thanks so much for sharing, Jasmine.

  9. shauna nicole

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    this wedding is GORGEOUS. absolutely to die for details. as always, great job capturing & thanks for sharing.

  10. Sara B.

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    GOR-GEOUS! Possibly my favorite wedding yet. I’m not even sure why. I just constantly found myself gasping and going, "Awwwww!"

  11. Sydney Paige

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    that last picture, just took my breath away! beautiful post! :]

  12. Lindsey

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    JStar you have outdone yourself once again – these photos make me want to run out and shoot more! I love the groom pointing to a guest as he walks down the aisle – I feel like I’m right there! Just magical.

  13. Jennifer Lynn Photography

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Stunning! An inspiration as always!

  14. jessica vidmar photography

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    love love love it

  15. Ashley Miller

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Absolutely love it.

  16. Gabby / En Route Photography

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    What an amazing dress!!! LOVEEE

  17. Rachel Marie Photography

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Such an intamite feel to each of these pictures, i love it!

  18. Amy Arrington

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Love these!

  19. LEOLAK

    August 12th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I remember them….GORGEOUS!!! EVERYTHING!!! Love her dress..and I agree…she looked STUNNING!!! That dress…ahh love! Coudln’t wait to see the wedding and it did not disappoint. Jasmine, your write up had me in tears before I even saw the first picture…beautiful words…and work!

  20. Stephanie Stewart

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I believe this is my new favorite wedding of yours! I was smiling through the whole post! Such a lovely, perfect day! Love that recessional photo! Congratulations to the gorgeous couple!

  21. B

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    In the words of mother, "This is vonderful, dahhhling!"

  22. Kristen Conte

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Gorgeousness!!!!!!!!! Jasmine did you use your 100mm for these shots?!! Loovveeee!!!!!

  23. Andrea

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    *Sigh*… so breathtaking! I can’t stop looking at these images. I absolutely love the image the JD caught of them going in for a kiss with the light right in between their faces. Makes me love love even more!

  24. Jared Wanzer

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding, perfect pictures!

  25. Robin McQuay Anderson

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Lovely setting, lovely bride and groom. Some people just look made for each other – and they do. Nice.

  26. Abby Grace

    August 12th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    This is my favorite couple of yours so far! I love how Sam’s eyes crinkle when he looks at Stephanie- it reminds me of how my husband looks at me. Amazing job capturing the raw love. Beautiful!

  27. Jillian Zamora

    August 12th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Oh Jasmine. That black and white shot during/right after the first look with those massive smiles and faces pressed together. Makes my heart sing. Such an extraordinarily beautiful capture!

  28. Rachel Tatem

    August 12th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    It is lovely! What a great wedding… I kind of want to eat that whole dessert table…

  29. nena

    August 12th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Your brides are always gorgeous and happy. I hope to be one of them one day soon! =-)

  30. kristie metivier

    August 12th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    your images brought tears to my eyes. you and jd are able to capture love in extremely priceless ways. stephanie and sam were blessed to have the two of you as their photographers. thank you for sharing. 🙂

  31. Averie

    August 12th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Jasmine you did an amazing job capturing the beauty of the couple. I love your work!

  32. Yuliya M.

    August 12th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    What a sweet wedding! Love it.

  33. Janet Cruz

    August 12th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, beautiful! I love it!

  34. Shannon Sorensen

    August 12th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    That CAKE! Holy Moses, I want to stick my finger in that icing!

  35. Tanya Petraglia

    August 13th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    You just see the LOVE pouring out of them. Just for eachother.. So calm. Thats what I got from it. Jasmine.. just beautiful.

  36. Falcon Griffith

    August 13th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Dang girl, you’ve done it again!

  37. Kate Douthwright

    August 13th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    So beautiful. I love their outdoor reception, so jealous! Thats what I’ve always wanted.

  38. Lisa P.

    August 13th, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Beautiful photos!! They make you feel as if you were there sharing the moment with the couple.

  39. Christy

    August 13th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    LOVE that last black & white shot… beautiful moment you captured!

  40. Alan | Wedding Photographer Essex

    August 13th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    What splendid work. Truly inspirational. I love your compositions. Your website is marvelous and a real pleasure to browse.

  41. Mikaela

    August 13th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    oh wow, oh wow. love the details and that shot just after their first look is amazing. as are you xo

  42. Jackie Lamas

    August 14th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    what a beautiful wedding and venue! the ocean in the background is beautiful!

  43. Brittany Fitch

    August 14th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Love the petal toss pic!

  44. feuza

    August 14th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    this wedding raised the bar, see a different way of shooting and I love it!

  45. Neda Lahrodi-Blake

    August 14th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Pictures are showing all the fun and love from the day! The pictures are fab and it all feels natural and well composed. x

  46. Life with Kaishon

    August 15th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I liked them from the start : )

  47. gladys jem

    August 15th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    so beautiful jasmine. really love those last two images-so full of love. who am i kidding? they’re all great! <3

  48. Claire

    August 15th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    So. Stunning. Wow.

  49. Tina Nandi

    August 15th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful as ever!

  50. Roberto Farren Photography | Boston

    August 15th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    a wonderful venue and absolutely beautiful shots! great stuff!

  51. Shaleena

    August 15th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I love your work! You captured them beautifully.

  52. Wedding Snapper

    August 15th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    It all looks fabulous! I love the feel of Malibu – I must add it to my destination wedding list!

  53. Brooke Summer Photography

    August 16th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Jasmine, wonderful work!

  54. Albany Photographers Clark+Walker Studio

    August 16th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Love the end tables in the ceremony site – great idea!

  55. Christina Juleson

    August 16th, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Love it love it love it!

  56. Adriana Morett

    August 16th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous photos Jasmine!! as usual 😉

  57. James

    August 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Looks like she needed the kiss. She was waiting for it and when it was there, she thought, oh gosh, why it was taking so long? Beautiful story behind this photo.

  58. Juan Ignacio Caneo

    August 16th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Jasmine – The pics are sick! Awesome work! I looked at the slideshow and you picked a great song to go with it. Who is the artist?

  59. Crestine

    August 16th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Gorgeous bride-handsome couple. Looks like it was an amazing day!

  60. Jason+Gian

    August 16th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Really nice work Jasmine!

  61. Lydia

    August 16th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Wow, Stephanie has amazing taste! Love the tables + florals down the aisle, and all the vintage details that were still simple and beautiful without being cluttered! And the veil picture + the one after that JD captured–magical!!

  62. stephanie karen

    August 17th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful work! I love her bouquet and the vintage lacey dress, all details I swoon for!

  63. Kate (Floret Cadet)

    August 17th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I love the flowers at this wedding! That shot of the bride kissing the groom with the bouquet is stunning (and the bouquet of course is stunning) – I loved the cake flowers too- really lovely textures and colors

  64. cassandra-m

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Amazing photos, as always. Gorgeous couple!!! And loving this Venue & Great detail shots. This post made me smile.

  65. Odalys Mendez

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I love the location, flowers and the details of this wedding. They look so in love and there are lots of different, unexpected images. Amazing job, Jasmine!

  66. Jesse

    August 26th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Once again, fantastic work.

  67. Mathew

    February 27th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful work!