I’m an introverted extrovert. And although I’m a terrible singer, I love to chant my favorite songs – everything from T. Swift to hip hop – when I’m in the car! I love tiramisu and coffee with too much milk. Scarves are one of my must-have accessories! I’m addicted to design of all kinds – interior, landscape, graphic, food, fashion, all of it.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue with the perfect combination of industrial style and historic charm to wow your guests, consider the Mill Top! It was originally a flour mill, and has been converted into a unique space to host a wedding or to entertain guests for special events. In fact, there are several unique spaces within, so I’ll take you on a quick tour below! With the industrial style, you’ll notice exposed duct work, decorative iron railings, large windows, original hardwood flooring, and many interesting architectural details. Every time I visit, I see something I hadn’t noticed before! Each space has tremendous potential for amazing weddings, and, of course amazing photography opportunities! Over the past few years, I’ve photographed family and senior portraits, a surprise birthday party, a wedding professional networking luncheon, and The Nickel Plate Arts Gala at this incredible venue, where the staff goes above and beyond to make everything perfect! I would love to photograph a wedding here! And it happens to be located only a few miles from where I live! Win, win! Let’s get to some images, and perhaps you’ll see why I love it so much!
The Mill Top hosted the Perfect Wedding Guide’s first luncheon of 2019 in January with a beautiful elegant winter theme in The Great Room. Because it was a smaller event, they were able to make the large space more intimate with soft draping, which was so lovely! I had the honor of photographing the event for The Mill Top! Many thanks to the following professional vendor team for making the event a success:
Venue // Mill Top
Catering // Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering
Linens // LGI Linens
Florals // The French Tulip
Here is another view of The Great Room without any event set up filling the space, a blank canvas to design your perfect day!
The bar in The Great Room is amazing! During the day, it’s flooded with natural light and a view of surrounding Noblesville. At night, it is its own attraction with cool lighting! (Check out my other post to see how it looks at night!) And I can’t get over these intricate metal doors! One of my favorite details of Mill Top!
The next space I would like to share is The Ballroom. Again, the ductwork is exposed for that industrial flair, along with the mix of wood, metal, and brick throughout. Ceremonies are often performed in here with a straight aisle or with a longer diagonal aisle. How cool would that be?!
This next space is so dreamy! It’s called The Skylight Room, and it boasts several large skylights allowing abundant natural light to pour in! I can envision the sweetest, intimate ceremony in this space!
We’ll wrap up this post with one more space, The Gallery. It is a great area for special events, for hosting cocktail hour on the wedding day, and for sharing hors d’oeuvres during a private party. Not to mention it’s a perfect place for bride and groom portraits! So many amazing details and textures!
Thank you for coming on a brief tour of The Mill Top with me! Stay tuned for more in the future – there are several more spaces to share in this historic venue right in the heart of Noblesville!
I was honored and excited to photograph a local event last week celebrating 6 years of the Nickel Plate Arts! Their annual anniversary celebration and fundraiser took place at the unique, historic, oh-so-stunning Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center in the heart of downtown Noblesville. The evening’s festivities kicked off with a VIP Cocktail Party, where guests could meet and speak with local artists, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and tasting beer and wine from local breweries. Matt Soverns played piano while the guests mingled and enjoyed conversation in the Mill Top Gallery. Guests were led up to the gorgeous Great Room upstairs for dinner, awards, live music, a fantastic dance performance, dramatists offering Fairy Sweets, a silent auction, a live auction, and so much more!
Venue // Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center
Live Dinner Music // Gabe Glover, Jake Baldessari, and Lucas Baugh
Dinner & Hors d’oeuvres // Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering
Live Music // Gavin Cooley
Dance Performance // 31SVN
Pianist // Matt Soverns
Auction Service // Qtego
Photography // Stewart Imagery
Gala Attendees are invited to view the full Gallery of images from the event by clicking here. In addition to donating my time for the event, I will donate a portion of the proceeds to Nickel Plate Arts!
A Special Thanks to the Gala Sponsors:
Hamilton County Tourism, Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center, The City of Noblesville, The City of Fishers, The Legacy Fund, The Indiana Arts Commission, Anthony Team Realty, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, The Lochmueller Group, Nova 29, Peterson Architecture, Propeller Marketing, CCHA, Innovative Planning, Peachin, Schwartz & Weingardt PC
Congratulations to Gavin Cooley for winning Emerging Artist of the Year! Arts Educator of the Year went to Jeremiah Follis. The City of Fishers won Emerging Arts Champion. Artist of the Year was awarded to Carol Griffith. And Arts Patron of the Year went to Noblesville’s Downtown District Committee! Congratulations to all who were nominated for awards and to the winners! What a wonderful event this was! I’m such a proud resident of this great community!!!
I’m beyond humbled and honored to be invited to document yet another celebration for Teachers’ Treasures! Each year they present awards for Caring Spirit and Teacher of the Year. This year’s event took place at the newly opened (and beautifully renovated!) Willows on Westfield. Teachers’ Treasures mission is simple:
Just a few short weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing another amazing event for Teachers’ Treasures at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This was my fourth time documenting this event, and it never gets old! The people who make this event happen truly care about their mission, and it’s wonderful to see!
“Teachers’ Treasures helps at-risk children get the materials they need to succeed in school by providing teachers with donated educational supplies for use by the students in their classrooms.”
And now for some favorites from the evening! Event attendees can view the entire online gallery here.
Each time I work with this organization, I gain a deeper appreciation for teachers, as well as for those who support, help, and thank teachers. For teachers are individuals committed to making this community so great by educating our youth. This year, Teachers’ Treasures vowed to Dream Big and create an absolutely spectacular event to raise funds and awareness for a great cause. I read the following quote somewhere: “Anything done for children is never a waste.” (Unknown) In fact, it seems that where children and their education are concerned, people take even more pride in what they do to help out in any way they can. It was truly an honor to document this event on a rainy evening in April at the beautiful, electrifying, vibrant Children’s Museum. Every nook and cranny offers visual stimulation and excitement for all who enter their doors! The evening started with a Silent Art Auction, with all art created by local students. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were stationed throughout the venue for guests to enjoy. Then the Awards Presentation followed, with David Harris winning the 2012 Caring Spirit Award. The Teacher of the Year was awarded to Debra Samples. The awards were followed by charismatic entertainment to cap off the night’s event! Let’s take a look, shall we? Friends of Teachers’ Treasures can view the entire online gallery here!
For more information on Teachers’ Treasures, check out their website. Their mission may sound simple enough, however, it takes a dedicated team with a tremendous amount of effort to reach and surpass their goals. And I just know that Dreaming Big will accomplish just that! Barb, thank you for letting me a small part of something so special! Congratulations to Mr. Harris and Mrs. Samples for their fine work in making futures brighter for so many!
To see more from their amazing event, feel free to watch the Slideshow here: