Cecchetti Day at the Royal Ballet School with Dame Monica Mason and Dame Darcey Bussell teaching Elite Syncopations to members of the Royal Ballet Company

Dame Monica Mason and Dame Darcey Bussell talked to the teachers at the Cecchetti Day hosted at the Royal Ballet School. They had many stories to recount regarding the production of Elite Syncopation,  which was choreographed by Kenneth Macmillan and was one of his  more light hearted  pieces.  I saw the ballet many years ago and loved it. It is being performed in April/May 2018 at the Royal Opera House.

 

 

 

 

 

Dame Darcey Bussell coached the dancers from the Royal Ballet company giving the demonstration, Mayara Magri and Nicol Edmonds.

 

Catherine Hutchon the Director of the Cecchetti Society thanks Dame Monica Mason and the Deputy Director Kate Simmons looks on with pride.

Foxhills Wedding in Surrey – Lisa and Gary

Lisa and Gary were married on a rainy day with very wet ground.  After Elaine Mayson Photography had taken the initial photograph of the group shot from above.  Lisa, the bride made a positive  decision to have the rest of the group shots inside.  There was to be an official wedding breakfast and after that a rip roaring party, so many hours to enjoy!.  I organised a room and the staff and  the toast master all helped to keep all the photos running smoothly.  The family had a ball!  The shots show what fun you can have even without the sun shining.  I loved photographing this family I had a smile on my face throughout.  What a pleasure.

Button holes all round in the foyer at Foxhill’s mansion.

Groom’s button hole and the bride’s intricate wedding ring.

‘I do.’

 

 

Signing the register in the ceremony room at Foxhills.  Beautiful yellow and white spring flowers.

Lots of laughter amongst all the family and close friends.

They did it !  It is official Mr and Mrs.

Walking along the corridor to the lounge in Foxhill’s Mansion.

Hip hip hooray.  Cheers to a great wedding day!

More fun in the photo shoot!  The bride with her bridesmaids enjoy themselves and look great.

The groom relaxes and takes time out to let the girls shine in the photo shoot.

A sing song at the end of the wedding breakfast by the bride, groom and family had everybody in fits of laughter.  Great atmosphere lovely moments captured forever at Foxhills by Elaine Mayson Photography.

‘Isabella in Danger’ The ballet based on my children’s book performed by 70 children of Kate Simmons Dance. Choreography and Direction by Tracey Moss

‘Isabella is drawing at her desk in her bedroom, so she did not notice a pink mist that was drifting in the room.  The mist crept over her pen. ‘That’s strange! What’s this? It looks like candy floss,’ thought Isabella.’       An extract from my book ‘Isabella in Danger.

The ballet was performed to packed houses at the large modern theatre in Runcorn.  Isabelle Stott danced the role of Isabella brilliantly capturing the magic and excitement of the adventure story.  Tracey Moss did an amazing job of capturing the essence of ‘Ballerina in Danger’ and making so many of my characters come to life.  It was a wonderful experience for me and I will always treasure my memories.

Darcey Hampson danced the ‘Sparkley star’  All the stars made you very tired and sleepy even though they shone so brightly. Isabella met ‘Sparkley on her first adventure with the Pink House and was very happy to meet her again .

Sparkley was very helpful on the adventures but nobody not even Isabella could escape from falling asleep if the stars came too close.

Inside the Pink House Isabella awoke to a little pink tongue licking her face.

‘Who are you,’ asked Isabella.

Isabella got out of the Pink House and found herself on a Parisian street near to a beautiful park.  Pooche the magical Pink Poodle & Isabella met all his Parisian Poodle friends and their owners.  It was great fun!

Isabella and Pooch ran across the busy road and went into the Paris Opera House because a ballerina was in danger.  They found the ballerina rehearsing in the studio with their very strange and evil looking ballet mistress.  Isabella was sure she had seen the ballet mistress before, but how could she have done, she had never been to Paris before?

Isabella stopped the ballet mistress from giving the ballerina a sleeping potion.  The ballet mistress was furious and revealed herself as Hagatha, the wicked witch.

A fight began but Pooch was very strong and managed to rescue the ballerina and then Isabella made sure Hagatha, danced by Rebecca Harrington was driven from Paris.

Pooch danced by Dinburgh Ai was so happy, as she was given a ball by the beautiful ballerina danced by Lucy Wilkinson.  Isabella was given a wonderful tutu and was allowed to join in the performance, which was performed on the stage of the Paris Opera.

Afterwards Isabella was very tired and she stepped back into the Pink House and found herself at her desk again.  She decided she must have fallen asleep but then she noticed something sparkling on the floor.  She went over to it and there was a star, a remnant from one of the stars dresses and she now was certain she was not dreaming. The  invisible Pink House was real and she knew she was a very special girl to be its friend and go on such incredible adventures.

Rehearsals for the ballet based on my book ‘Ballerina in Danger’ by children of Kate Simmons Dance . Choreographed by Tracey Moss

I have adapted my book ‘Ballerina in Danger’ to be performed by the children at the Kate Simmons School.  Tracey Moss has choreographed the ballet and designed the costumes.  My characters in my book have come to life.  The glittery stars and Sparkly, Pooch and her Parisian poodle friends, Isabella,the little girl who loves pink and is special because she can see the Pink House.  Hagatha the wicked witch and of course the beautiful Ballerina and all her corps de ballet.  I drove up to photograph all these wonderful roles and take photographs of the children rehearsing.  It was great fun! Everybody was enjoying dancing and they all looked gorgeous in their costumes.  Chukkas next weekend to all the 80 children for the performances on the 24th and 25th March at 3pm at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn.

Ballerina’s in ‘Ballerina in Danger’ waiting to dance at their rehearsal in Warrington at  KSDance school.  Watch this space for photographs from the actual shows!

The Wedding of Naomi & Rob at the Saint Nicholas Church, Thames Ditton, Surrey

Rob & Naomi wanted their photos fun, relaxed and natural.  Elaine Mayson photography achieved just that on a beautiful day in August.  A large wedding party of over hundred guests crowded into the attractive church to watch the marriage of Naomi & Rob.  A joyous occasion! Naomi arrived by boat with her Dad and bridesmaids.  A great way to travel on such a gorgeous day.  Smiles all round for the camera.A full church and superb atmosphere added to Naomi and Rob’s happiness. Beautiful flowers and extra touches made the day special.A wonderful service at St Nicolas Church in Thames Ditton, Surrey.  Congratulations!  Mr and Mrs Tuer.You may kiss the bride captured by Elaine in the gardens of the church in the picturesque Thames Ditton.

The bridesmaids in elegant navy, with pink and white bouquets.

Lots of fun in the speeches!

Hartsfield House in Surrey Photography by Elaine Mayson The marriage of Karuna and Andy


Lots of joy and laughter at the wedding of Karuna and Andy. Fabulous, quiet and very beautiful location in Surrey.  Hartsfield House looks out over the rolling Downs .  A tranquil spot with relaxed atmosphere and happy vibe.
A lot of thought and planning had gone into the colour scheme.  Rich colours and sprigs of lavender.The ceremony room later made into the disco hall. Preparations.  Karuna’s hair looking stylish & pretty in this gentle style More fun in front of the mirror.  Its the big day and Elaine Mayson Photography is there to capture every delicious moment!Putting the shoes on and adding the final touches before descending the grand staircase at Hartsfield House.
Celebrations!  They did it!  They are now man and wife.Precious moments on their wedding day After a loud storm during their service the clouds dispersed and the steam rose .  A magical sight.The back of Hartsfield House after the storm and before the guests ventured outside. Family photos outside in the grounds of Hartsfield House I need a rest.  Very happy bride with tired feet.  Nearly time for the wedding breakfast.Sparkling bride and groom as they pose on the wonderful staircase. Mother of the bride with a wide smile.  All is going well and the day is perfect! Hartsfield Manor in the sun.Karuna and Andy cut their cake with their guests Party time.  What fun!

The wedding of Mira & Cornelius at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park

Pembroke Lodge is a beautiful setting for a wedding.  Magnificent views down to the Thames valley, beautiful grounds full of sumptuous flowers and delicious food ensure wedding couples love their special day.  Elaine Mayson photographed the artistically arranged ceremony room for Mira and Cornelius’s wedding.Mira got ready at Richmond Gate Hotel which is only 5minutes away from Pembroke Lodge.  It is a friendly hotel with spacious light rooms perfect for Elaine Mayson Photography.  Mira was wearing a lovely kimono for the preparation photos.

Mira put on her shoes completing her elegant look.  Eyecatching  beautiful lace dress in Vintage style.

Here come the men.  Very dashing ! The page boy gives the rings to the groom. Very cute and well done A loving hand of reassurance from Cornelius in the marriage ceremony.We did it!  We DO and we will sign the book of marriage.  All their guests look on with a smile and a good wish for their futureGirls you have been terrific.  What a wonderful day. Wedding party on the move for a special photograph by Elaine Mayson Photography Vogue shot in Richmond Park.  What a fabulous group shot! The delicately iced cake and pretty bouquet at the reception of Mira and Cornelius in the Russell Suite of Pembroke Lodge.

Congratulations to a great couple from all at Elaine Mayson Photography.

Wedding at Foxhills in Surrey for Danielle and Scott

 Awonderful Classic wedding at Foxhills Manor and Golf Club. The groom, ushers and Best man looked stylish in tails, navy ties and white button holses.  The bride Danielle wore a heavenly dress that billowed behind her.  Her dark hair and attractive features gave her a look of Elizabeth Taylor.  Elegant and sophisticated the whole day was perfection.  It was a beautiful weather but not too hot so the men could enjoy wearing their suitsCongratulations Mr & Mrs Morson!  ‘You can kiss the bride’ Very romantic Father of the bride looks on with a smile and a tear in his eye (far right)

A group shot of all the wedding party in the grounds of Foxhills Manor House overlooking the acclaimed golf course.  Cheers!

Oceans Eleven!  Respectable gangsters with Foxhills Manor House in the background.  Great shot by Elaine Mayson Photography.

Girls rule ok.  Fun and games in Foxhills beautiful grounds.  Rhododendron’s in full purple glory.

A haze of romance the bride and groom’s fairytale wedding at Foxhills with photography by Elaine Mayson.

Foxhills Golf Club with the wedding breakfast all ready to commence.

What a magnificent day!  Laughter the most precious of gifts at Danielle and Scott’s wedding.

 

 

Foxhills Wedding by Elaine Mayson Photography

A beautiful couple took their vows at Foxhills Manor House.  Crystle was getting ready in the grounds of Foxhills in one of their newly decorated cottages.  The décor and space in the cottages gave a calming effect to the proceedings and helped the bride and her bridesmaids enjoy their time together.  A feminine lace bridal dress with long train was a perfect match for the blond and pretty bride. Flowers by Kate, recommended florist at Foxhills.  A wonderful ambiance gave Elaine Mayson Photography a chance to capture the complimenting colours and the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. Andrew arrived in style at Foxhills all ready for his ceremony to Crystal. The ceremony over Crystal and Andrew take a moment to relax and enjoy the grounds of Foxhills Manor with photographer Elaine Mayson. Time to make their way from the Manor House at Foxhills to the Golf Club for their Wedding Breakfast.  All their guests followed enjoying the walk and beautiful weather on the day. Flower girl and page boy enjoy a moment on the terrace after the Wedding Breakfast.  Photographed by Elaine Mayson Cheers!  Best men and Ushers take time out to enjoy themselves.

The Landmark Wedding Fair February 5th 2017

wedfairElaine Mayson Photography has a stand at the Landmark Wedding Fair. Come along and visit the Fair you will not be disappointed.  You can even come along as a couple because the setting in the Cathedral like building is very romantic.  There are also delicious cakes at the cafe!  Well worth a visit.  Come and see examples of my photographs and some new photo books that are arriving soon.  Very special!  is that I am giving Complimentary studio engagements shoots if you book one of my Wedding Packages over 6 hours.  What a treat.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Elainexxxxxx