Follow Your Dreams

Meet our dream chaser, Joy, of Joy Lyn Photography! We wanted to introduce you, in case you’ve been wondering whose stellar photography has appeared this season on our blog, social media and in print. Joy is a recently relocated wedding photographer from Raleigh, North Carolina back to the Yorkville, IL area. Her style of wedding photography is simple elegance, and her bubbly personality has been a great addition to the Emerson Team this year. Get to know the photographer behind this year’s beautiful photography at Emerson. Hi Brides, we’re especially happy to make your acquaintances!

How did you get into photography, and why do you love it? 
My love of photography started with a hot pink, 110 film camera when I was 7 or 8. I spent my allowance on buying and developing film. I so wish that I had saved that camera, and the pictures that I took with it! Once I was in high school, I graduated to using my dad’s old Minolta film camera. I love photography because it allows me to be a part of so many lives, and capture the happiest moments in peoples lives.
What is a favorite hobby, besides photography of course? 
I love to knit, and travel. I taught myself how to knit, after being an avid crocheter since I was 8. After becoming proficient at knitting, I don’t think I could ever crochet again! I just love the final product of knitting. I knit a lot of hats for my newborn sessions.
What is something that most people don’t know about you? 
I am a California girl at heart. I was born in central California, and grew up just outside Yosemite National Park. I love the mountains, and the wild adventures of camping and hiking.
Any wedding tips you have learned over the years? 
I’ve learned to relax, breathe, and enjoy the moments of the day. A wedding day flies by so quickly, you have to be in the moment, and enjoying all of the hard work that to you (the bride) has put into it.
What do you love about working at Emerson Creek?
I love how laid back and peaceful it is, every direction you look is the perfect backdrop for photos or just soaking in the beauty of the Midwest.

Joy is hosting mini sessions at Emerson Creek for fall photo ops for the family amidst our beautiful backdrop! If you’d like more information contact Joy 




BIG SADIE concert: A Success!

We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout for our mini concert, in conjunction with our third Supper Club of the season. We were delighted to see guests swoon over Big Sadie‘s three part harmonies as they resounded through the country air. This Chicago bluegrass trio was such a spot on, musical enhancement to our barn patio excursion. Enjoy some highlights captured by our ace, and your new friend, Joy Lyn Photography. If you would be interested to learn more about our few, special summer dinners at Emerson, please visit our website. Thanks Joy! Thanks Big Sadie!



Above: Joy & hubby Jamie, shared a sweet snap @ the Big Sadie concert evening.



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