The Spy who loved his Aston Martin DB11

Dimmitt Automotive Group needed a private, world-class location, to showcase it’s soon to be released Aston Martin DB11, for an exclusive, invite-only event. On a bight and cheery Saturday spring morning here in beautiful Downtown St. Pete aka DTSP, the jaw-dropping DB11 was carefully driven into the front entry of historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535. Just a few hours later, 20 lucky, high-rollers were granted an exclusive, first crack at investing $250 LARGE for one of the very few DB11s available anywhere on earth.
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Modern Turquoise and Tangerine Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From the owner Michael S. Novilla: This photo below about sums up Randy and Abby, they are a beautifully spiritual couple, deeply in love and we we’re delighted that they found and trusted Team NOVA 535 for their especially special celebration – their commitment of marriage to each other. Their modern turquoise and tangerine themed downtown St. Pete wedding was breathtakingly gorgeous! WOW!!

Congratulations and best always to Abby and Randy!!

Bride and Groom First Touch Wedding Portrait | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535 Event Space

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Romantic, Blue Downtown St. Pete Asian Wedding

From the owner Michael S. Novilla: We were so delighted that Glenne and Jordan had chosen NOVA 535 for their wedding reception! They were another shining example of our wonderful, unique, and lovely couples that find and appreciate NOVA for what we strive to be; that place in your heart that allows you to feel warm and welcome, comfortable and at peace with yourself and those loved ones you’ve gathered together to share such a joyous occasion as your marriage commitment. Congratulations to Jordan and Glenne and a big THANKS from TEAM NOVA!

Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535| Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Photo by Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

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A Moulin Rouge inspired 50th Birthday Celebration

A Moulin Rouge inspired 50th Birthday Celebration was held on October 28, 2015 here at modernized historic venue NOVA 535 in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. My long-time friend from the University of South Florida MBA program Olivier was approaching the big 50 and something proper needed to be done about it. He spends several months a year here in sunny St. Pete, “getting away” from his amazing home in the south of France. Olivier is a warm, friendly, worldly guy, traveling all over the globe, enjoying new people, places and experiences, always with a big smile on his face. Well for his 50th, we wanted to ensure that he was smiling from ear to ear, especially as Olivier made some pretty specific “suggestions’ as to how he wanted the night to go.

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Enjoy Weatherproof Outdoor Ceremonies in a Private, Gorgeous Brick and Bamboo Courtyard

When Mother Nature is playing nice, it’s wonderful to spend time outdoors, enjoying just about anything. And it’s the dream of many a bride (and groom!) to hold outdoor ceremonies for their wedding. Whether it’s an intimate wedding with their closest 50 friends or if all 300 invited said “Heck YES we’re coming to Florida for a much needed vacation, err your wedding”, then having an ceremony outdoors is delightfully tempting. But the looming question of concern is always – What if it rains??

beautiful courtyard ceremonies at historic wedding venue NOVA 535 downtown St. Pete Beautiful courtyard ceremonies at NOVA 535. OPTIONAL Bamboo Archway shown. Photo by Molliner Photography

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A Hilarious Super Man Marries his Wonderful Woman

I’ve always enjoyed game shows: the Price is Right, Hollywood Squares, $100,000 Pyramid, Jeopardy, Who’s Line is It Anyways? and so on. And I’ve always dreamed of creating my own.  So after opening NOVA 535, I was enjoying some conversations with my amigo “Skeie”; we were reliving the glory of the old Gong Show. Fast forward a bit. I was lucky enough to meet Daniel “Motown Pride” Jefferson, founder of the Best of the Bay Improve Troupe Got Jokes?. So what does this have to do with my friend Chuck and Sofia’s wedding? Hang tight, we’ll be right back after these commercial messages!

Chuck and Sofia Glass Wedding at Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535

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NOVA Noel 8 – Make The Nice List And Still Have Naughty Fun

As 2015 nears an end, many sit and reflect on the beautiful moments that created this chapter in our lives. It is a time for family, friends, and good ol’ celebrations (well, for some it is a glorious excuse to have another glass of champagne)! This year marked the 8th annual NOVA Noel at elegant venue NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Pete (where you too can hold any type of stunning event as well). It was a night of laughter, joyous conversations, delicious food, Santa, and even a few titillating performances toward the wee hours of the morning.

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20 Years later Mark and Shelli still Get the Picture

Who doesn’t love climbing into a nicely decorated photobooth at a party? You’ve selected several crazy props and along with your partner / friends / kids / family / fellow drunkie you’ve just met, and it’s time for silly faces and spontaneous kisses and so much more! Well Mark and Shelli enjoyed this so much they created their own successful photo booth company, Get The Picture FL, around that joyus experience of making memories that you (usually) cherish forever. But this story isn’t just about the business of making photobooth memories, it’s about making a deep personal lifetime commitment to someone you love and cannot live without. Well, 20 years later, Mark and Shelli still Get the Picture!

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Vintage, Blush Downtown St. Pete Wedding at Nova 535

From the owner Michael S. Novilla: Chris and Robyn were great to work with. Chris was trusting his soon to be wife with the overall design, which was fabulous, as Robyn, a fellow native from St. Petersburg, has excellent taste and terrific DIY skills. They both worked towards a specific look and feel which is so perfect for our venue. They listened to our advice and the results were truly spectacular – a fresh, unique, beautifully personalized atmosphere with a gorgeous overall aesthetic. Bravo to Robyn and Chris for creating such a wonderful rustic chic with a touch of vintage wedding for themselves and their guests. They smiled and stayed positive and focused along the way, perfect NOVA clients for us to work with. Congratulations to Robyn and Chris!! =D

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Celebrating Survival Fashionably Downtown St. Pete with Pink Martinis

When the delightful Melissa Cancio and her fabulous hubby Michael, owners of My Memories that Matter, (their local Event planning and Multimedia Design company) swung by downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535 to say hello, little did I know it’d end up in a fabulous event featuring pink martinis and a fashion show. They were visiting NOVA to introduce me to the lovely Gina Kravitz, the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast. We talked and toured NOVA and agreed to all work together, each of us adding our value and skills towards helping ladies with and survivors of breast cancer. Fast forward several weeks to Tuesday November 10, 2015 and welcome to our Pink Martini Fashion Show….and here come the ladies now….Celebrating Survival Fashionably Downtown St. Pete!

Pink Martinis fundraiser downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535

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Lindsey and Tyson’s Pink, Purple, and Grey Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From the owner Michael S. Novilla:

Lindsey and Tyson exemplify that cute couple that everyone enjoys spending time with. Always warm, smiling and enjoying each other. Meeting here in downtown St. Petersburg to tour NOVA 535, that level of enjoyment got even a bit better for us all, knowing we are fellow Gator fans. They were a joy to work with, though Team NOVA handled much of the heavy lifting. Ruby and Team NOVA practiced The NOVA way – focusing on Tyson and Lindsey and their guests – making sure that their all’s experience from start to finish was delightful!! I’m so proud that everything was 5 Star!! Congratulations to Tyson and Linsey and of course Go Gators!

St. Petersburg Sparkler Sendoff For Bride and Groom | Nova 535

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Vintage, Gold, Black and Ivory Downtown St. Pete Wedding

Vintage, Gold, Black and Ivory Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From the Owner Michael S. Novilla:

Rebecca and Mike’s vintage downtown St. Pete wedding here at NOVA 535 was such a perfect match. They are such a cute, lovely couple and their wanting a 1920’s venue to fit their Gatsby theme helped draw them to us. NOVA 535 offers a beautiful slice of history, being built in 1920, making it one of the oldest venues in the entire Tampa Bay region. It’s always delightful to see couples like Mike and Rebecca, who are obviously deeply in love, that glow and love bubble they exude is wonderful for everyone around them to enjoy. I’m honored that they chose NOVA to host their most special day. Congratulations, and much love and hugs to Rebecca and Mike!

Outdoor night bride and groom portrait | Nova 535

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Novaween 9 scary photo booth pictures

It’s a tradition now that Mark and Shelli Olsen, owners of Get the Picture Photo Booth, bring their wonderfully decorated photo booth in for our annual Halloween party Novaween each year. Friday, October 30, 2015, Novaween 9 Disco Inferno was no exception. Everyone loves the photo booth, and the combination of drinking, being together with fellow fiends and / or random disco zombies,  the dark enclosed space, the silliness of it all, relaxing and enjoying the moment before FLASH!! is something that brings out that delightful childish joy in all of us.

Novaween 9 photo booth Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535

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Novaween 9 was Disco Inferno Hot Hot Hot

When searching for the name for our 9th consecutive Halloween party aka Novaween 9, here at downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535, our thinking went something like this:

Nine. Hmm. Dante’s Inferno, 9 Levels of Hell. Hell = Hot. Hot = Inferno. Disco Inferno. Yes DISCO INFERNO!! And St. Pete’s Favorite Halloween Party Novaween 9 was so named.

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NOVA 535 Speakeasy is the Bee’s Knees

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Upon approaching NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, a man in black tells me to go around back. I follow his directions and wrap around the building, making my way down an alley that I’m not quite sure leads to my destination. Finally, I reach an open door where another man in black greets me. I walk inside and am met by Keep Saint Petersburg Local‘s Olga Bof, who gives me a wristband and a “Welcome drink” ticket. My VIP Localicious Week NOVA 535 Speakeasy experience begins.

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