Engagement Shoot: Mr + Mrs Nicoll

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Alysha & James

11th September 2020 | Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

Instagram: @the.octoberbride | Photos: Emma-Jane Photography

Alysha and James had their beautiful engagement shoot in the Cotswolds last September. Though they were a little nervous before the shoot, once the couple found their feet and got used to the posing (and the chilly weather!) they managed to capture some perfect shots. The soon to be Mrs Nicoll tells us all about their pre-wedding shoot experience, and we get to hear a little about the plans for their upcoming October wedding. You can follow their wedding journey on instagram @the.octoberbride. 

Why did you decide to have a pre-wedding shoot? 

We wanted to have a good idea of what to expect and how to pose - we were lucky that it came as part of the wedding package we chose with Emma.

How did you meet and how long have you been together? 

We met at a music festival back in 2013. My friend was dating the guitarist in a band at the time so we went to go and watch them at the music festival. James was the bass guitar player in the same band - we met and instantly hit it off. So just over 7 years now.

Tell us all about the proposal... 

We went on a star gazing tour up mount Teide in Tenerife. It was quite funny actually in a way as a couple of things happened that could have put James right off! One of them happened after our coach had to stop for a couple that were having their wedding photos taken in the middle of the road as it looked amazing up there. As we were waiting for them to finish the tour guide said ‘how romantic, you never know ladies it’s been known to happen on this tour for people to get engaged! It could be you tonight!’ - I then turned to James and said ‘HA! How awkward would that be’ 

Luckily I didn’t put him off, and he proposed about 20 minutes later just as the sun was setting. I’ve honestly never seen the sky look more beautiful. 

Why did you choose the shoot location? 

Our photographer offered three locations for her engagement shoots - London, Oxford and The cotswolds. We chose the Cotswolds as we both thought it would be perfect, plus a bonus was we had never been before. 

Did you find the shoot helpful for helping you feel more prepared for the wedding day? 

Definitely! I was really unsure what to expect, but it made use feel much better having one. Now we know what we like and don’t like with certain poses etc.

Did you feel nervous behind the camera?

Before hand yes! But as soon as we met Emma we both felt completely at ease and in the end it we sort of forgot there was even a camera present.

Would you recommend that other couples have an engagement shoot or do you feel it is not necessary? 

I would definitely recommend having one if the option is there, James and I rarely have photos taken together so it was really nice just to have some special photos of us.

Did your photographer give you any tips before the shoot? 

Emma was really nice and easily put our minds at rest, she told us to just relax and be ourselves. She put us in some awkward poses at the beginning to break the tension and it really worked. 

What advice would you give to other couples who do plan to have a pre-wedding shoot?

Wear something you’re comfortable in and outfits that compliment each other. Don’t wear something that you wouldn’t normally wear just because it’s your engagement shoot, you want to feel like yourself.

What is your favourite photo from the shoot? 

I really like the photo where we are sitting on the bridge. James had said something that really made me laugh and when I look at that one now I just remember that.

Were there any stand out moments in the shoot? 

Not necessarily, but it was so windy that day and the weather had been forecast as sunny but in the end it was overcast and freezing. I had only packed a dress! What you can’t see in our photo’s is everyone else around us wrapped up in coats and scarves!

Tell us about your wedding plans...

We are honestly just hoping that we will get married this year, we postponed from last October to this year. I hope we can but with the size we have planned we are a little unsure. We have 80 day guests and around 120 in total when the evening celebrations start. 

The colours we are going for dusty blues, greys and silvers - lots of eucalyptus too.

We will be holding the wedding and the reception at Wotton house as we just fell in love with the venue. The grounds are beautiful so we are really hoping that we will be able to make use of them for some photos. 

What are you most looking forward to about the wedding date? 

The first time I see James when I come down the aisle. I just know I’m going to cry but it’s 100% the part I’m most looking forward to (and of course the moment we actually become husband and wife!)

What has been your favourite part of wedding planning so far? 

All the little DIY bits I’ve been doing, I’ve always enjoyed being creative so this is the perfect excuse for me to get a bit crafty. 


Photography by Emma Jane Photography | www.emma-janephotography.co.uk | Instagram: @ejlewis

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