Pismo Beach Wedding Photographers. The Cliffs Resort. Shell Beach Wedding Venue. Mike and Jillian.

Enough can’t be said about how wonderful it was to photograph the wedding of Mike and Jillian. After meeting them for a consultation, a very fun engagement shoot (which I hope to post soon) and then again for a wedding timeline chat – they seemed like long time friends. What a great, sincere and easy going couple.  So kind, so gracious and so  in love.  Now that their wedding and honeymoon are over, we are already talking about getting together for dinner next time they are in town. It will be such a pleasure!

The wedding took place at the beautiful and famed Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach.  With out a doubt the Cliffs Resort is one of the premiere wedding venues on the Central Coast…and arguably the top beach wedding venue!  Situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean it is a classy, high end wedding venue of the first rate.

I love taking rings shots  (thus the reason I have an entire gallery on my main website devoted to them).  I always try to incorporate whatever backgrounds or objects that are available to me where we are. However, in this case the couple requested something particular that was part of who they are and what they believe.  I really love it when I can incorporate something like this into the photographs to personalize it for the couple.

As made evident by the precious little face of this girl – angels do walk among us!!


The couple’s choice of wedding flowers was beautiful.  I always advise my clients to have lots of color in their flowers and not too much white.  White wedding flowers with a white wedding dress as a background –  just does not compare to the beauty colorful flowers on a white wedding dress gives.

Meet Mike!  What a smile!  Sincere, warm authentic, gracious.  That describes you Mike!  You are a blessing to all who have the privilege of knowing you.  Hey – you’re wife Jillian is a super special gal too!  What a couple you guys are!

It has never happened until now.   The groomsmen jumping shot all came together on the first shot.  It truly was a miracle. My favorite – is the guy second from the right – doing a wild air guitar!

Mike and Jillian decided to a have a “first look” private meeting before the ceremony so we could have their special moment captured and not use up quite as much time for photos after the ceremony.  It was such a special moment. Their only awareness was of each other. In this moment they were the only two people on the face of the earth!   The moment was so precious, so tender, so intimate that I just kept backing up in fear that some how I would interrupt it.  Ok, I’ll admit it – I teared up. But no one saw it!  Ha!

We were all worried about the weather. The previous day was very cold and windy.  However, the day turned out to be drop dead gorgeous!!   I was so happy for the Mike and Jillian!

I think the look on Mike’s face speaks a thousand words about how he feels about Jillian!

With a remote camera on a tripod – triggered by a radio transmitter I was able to get a fixed view of the whole ceremony site.  Every time I took a picture with either of the cameras I was using – the remote camera was triggered. While only a handful of these pictures will be valuable, it is a nice, different angle to get during the ceremony that would otherwise not be possible. Note, Jillian’s room featured a room with a balcony on it facing the ceremony site – which made it all possible.

This (below) has got to be one of the most funny shots I have taken.  It was just after the ceremony and Mike was checking out the bling on his new bride’s hand.  I didn’t want to miss the shot and was less than a foot away with no room to back up. I swung my ultra wide angle lens in position to get the shot.  Case in point – with an ultra wide angle lens – the closer you get to your subject the more distorted it makes them look.  And while this shot makes it look like Mike has an disproportioned alien head, I can assure you he does not!  The shot does make me laugh and I know Mike will be a good sport and laugh along with me – allowing me to share this with you.

We headed to the beach after the ceremony for “couple shots” on the beach, on a park bench and in the field.   Jillian had her wonderful maid of honor  and husband to help with the dress.

As the sun began to set we dashed back outside for what are always some of my favs…sunset photos.

Before we all knew it, it was time to say goodnight and good bye!   It was an awesome day, truly a blessed one.  Thanks so much to Mike, Jillian and Sonjia (mother of the bride) for letting me witness it!

With much love and appreciation,


Family and friends check out all of Mike and Jillian’s photographs at the Below link. Of course you’ll have to contact them for the password!

Mike and Jillian’s Online Gallery

4 thoughts on “Pismo Beach Wedding Photographers. The Cliffs Resort. Shell Beach Wedding Venue. Mike and Jillian.”

  1. Margaret Barbera

    These pictures are amazing!!! What a creative photographer you are! I absolutely love the close-ups and the sunset shots are magnificent. I felt like I was transported back to the event all over again! You captured not only the beauty but the emotion feeling of the day. You are such a gracious commentator…thank you for your kind words spoken. It’s obvious you genuinely care for the couple! As Mike’s mother, I think they are special too!

  2. trent…i am so impressed with these photos. you have a great gift with light, creative posing, and “catching the moment”. but most important of all, you are a wonderful, warm, and kind man. thank you for sharing your gift with us on my kids’ special day. sonjia
    (mother of the bride)

  3. Heather Zimmerman

    I knew watching you that day that your work would be great. You have an amazing eye for catching the beauty and the colors of the perfect moments. These photographs are outstanding. Thank you for helping to tell Mike and Jilli’s wedding story. It is a sweet one for sure.

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