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Mountain Shadows Retreat Wedding | Nickell | A Foresthill, Ca Wedding

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Northern California Wedding Photography | Jana and Braden Johnston - Jana Johnston Photography and Weddings by Jana a husband and wife wedding photographers present a Wedding Story - Archive - Jeff and Kristine Nickell at the Mountain Shadows Retreat In Foresthill California

imagery by Foresthill wedding photographers Jana and Braden Johnston

Mountain shadows retreat Is the ultimate get away

The Dress

Wedding Venue: Mountain Shadows Retreat

Dj: Riptide Entertainment



We believe in telling your true wedding story.

Weddings can be stressful and full of chaos.

We work with you, to help everything go smoothly, so you can enjoy your wedding with out all the stress! Mountain shadows retreat is nestled amongst the Pines with a gorgeous view that overlooks the American River Canyon. I love photographing weddings here! This is the perfect place to relax and unwind, while taking in breathtaking videos and with the newly finished barn, you can turn up the tunes and you and you your guests will dance the night away!


What Is Unplugging?

As its name implies, an unplugged wedding is an event where guests are asked to turn off and put away their phones, cameras, and tablets. There is nothing inherently wrong with having a bunch of amateur photos taken during your wedding, of course. But mindful couples are increasingly aware of the potential downside to allowing this.

The extent and goals of an unplugged wedding are up to the bridal couple. Some couples ask guests to avoid taking their own pictures during the ceremony, allowing picture-taking the rest of the time. And some hosts place a photo moratorium at key events during the reception as well. You may simply want to avoid extra camera work at your wedding, or you may ask that people to not post pictures to social media too.

Why Unplug?

Why might you want people to put down their phones? The biggest advantage is in the quality of professional wedding photos. If you have a professional to take photographs, do you really want 100 cell phones or iPads getting in the way of the photos? Might someone jump up in front of photographers during key moments in order to get a better angle? Will random camera flashes damage the quality of your photos?

Secondly, think about what you want in your photos. Are a bunch of cell phone screens the background you want for your first dance, cake slicing, or daddy-daughter dance? Do you want pictures of happy faces, or do you want a mass of people fiddling with their phones? And are you concerned about bad photos circulating from amateur photographers? All of these worries are handled when you unplug on your big day.

The View is amazing!

See the full wedding here:

The Cake

Our wedding was INCREDIBLE. We can honestly say we had the time of our lives as we were surrounded by our loved ones, married by our best friend James, and literally drank and danced the night away. Mountain Shadows is tucked away in Foresthill, CA with a beaming view of the American River canyon. Everyone seemed to have an amazing time taking in this view and celebrating with us on our big day. I love my family, friends, and the family that I have married into. We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend. June 23, will forever be ingrained in our memories. We have officially begun our new life as husband and wife, and we can’t wait for more adventures to come.

#ThisIsUs #OurFamily #SneakPeak

if you were considering getting married in Forest Hill California and are in need of a wedding photographer, we would love to talk to you. I have been photographing weddings in Forest Hill for seven years now.

We have budget packages starting at just $700.

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