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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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!

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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.

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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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Unsullied Film Premier Party with Filmmaker Simeon Rice

Saturday August 22, 2015 we enjoyed the Florida Unsullied Film Premier Party with Filmmaker Simeon Rice right here in gorgeous downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at the meticulously renovated historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space. Simeon is famous for his sacks, multiple Pro Bowl appearances and helping lead our Tampa Bay Buccaneers to our Superbowl Ring, yet that wasn’t enough for him. So he went to NY Film Academy and became a real deal filmmaker. Show off!

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The Thank You Games with Modern Business Associates

Saturday evening August 8th, 2015 local St. Petersburg based business MBA, short for Modern Business Associates, hosted a celebration reminiscent of Casino Royale, here in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at modernized, swanky historic venue NOVA 535. It was a celebratory night full of laughs, cheers, gaming, raffles, hugs, thankfulness and so much more. See MBA is the modern, evolved type of organization that realizes, at it’s core, that it’s all about people – the people who make up their team and clients. That team was celebrating their recent award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal “Best Place to Work!” Congratulations Team MBA!!

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Boca Ciega Class of 1985 30th Reunion

Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our fellow Pirates as we gathered here at my historic venue NOVA 535 in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida to celebrate the Boca Ciega Class of 1985 30th Reunion. Legendary Joe Pequeno, my brother and close dear friend for over 30 years, was the driving force behind tonight’s successful celebration. His hard work, passion and love for his fellow classmates culminated tonight in a truly delightful, epic evening.2015 07-24 Boca-Ciega-High-School-30th-Reunion-at-venue-NOVA-535-downtown-StPete-189

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2015 Dixie Hollins High School Prom

Friday April 24, 2015 here at the historic yet modern venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida, we hosted the 2015 Dixie Hollins High School Prom. The teens were well behaved, they danced and laughed and texted and took photos galore – hopefully tagging #nova535 along the way – and seemed to have a strong unified school spirit. Little do they realize that these are some of the best years of their lives – pre amortization schedules and insurance binders – before the much heavier weight of adulthood settles in. If you’re listening young ladies and gents, enjoy yourselves. Find that balance between expecting to live to be 100 years old and that today could be your last. Enjoy every moment as fully as possible while planning to be healthy and happy and successful when you’re old and gray and wrinkled. Remember you are what you eat, and to always be your own best friend. So here’s to the class of 2015, congrats!!

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Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

Thursday April 30, 2015 the Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival SSFF was held here at the historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space located in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida. We can all thank visionary Tony Armer for making this all happen. A man’s dream, lots of hard work, and the help of many many of us along the way, has propelled Tony from a film lover to the current role of Film Commissioner for Pinellas County and proud papa of a successful 10 Year Old Film Festival. Go Tony!! 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-74

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Brides Against Breast Cancer Headliners for Hope

On Wednesday May 13, 2015 here at historic wedding and special event venue NOVA 535 in lovely downtown St. Petersburg, Florida was the Brides Against Breast Cancer Headliners for Hope. It’s a evening where local “celebs” aka “headliners” come in a guest bartend, bringing with them their friends and business associates to drive in those critical dollars to help support those afflicted with breast cancer. Oh and to have a great time too! And when it’s held here at NOVA with the fun spirits of the BABC team, you know it’ll be a great time.

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Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure

Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure. This I’ve experienced, from every angle, as Publix hosted their annual awards banquet here last Monday, April 20th, 2015. See as a young man I had the pleasure of working at our local Publix here in St. Petersburg, Florida for a bit more than a year. I bagged groceries, cleaned the store and learned how a great organization that is focused on customer service get’s it right. I also made pals with another young man named Jeff. Well I went on into real estate and am now running my own customer service based company, NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, here in downtown St. Pete, Florida, and Jeff, well he stayed at Publix. Fast forward about 30 years later and here we are.2015 04-20 Publix-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-69

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April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50

April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50

Thursday April 2, 2015 at historic venue NOVA 535 in gorgeous downtown St. Petersburg, Florida hosted April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50. Translation, well here in 2015, business venture NOVA 535 turned 7, owner and founder Michael S. Novilla (that’s me!) turned 47 and longtime friend Mario DeFreitas turned the big 50. Here’s to birthdays with family and friends! Speaking of family, without our parents love, patience and wise lessons, we’d have gotten nowhere fast. Thanks mom and dad! (We miss you Dad)

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Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Formal

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Formal was held on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the gorgeous 1920 built historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in lovely downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Alexandria “Alex” was the delightful lady in charge, seemingly singlehandedly planning, organizing and running the event. Excellent work Alex!! There should be a ADPi award for that.

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Milkey AICR Fundraiser at historic venue NOVA 535

Friday 13, 2015 – Milkey AICR Fundraiser at historic venue NOVA 535

Back in 2014 we held a 50th birthday party for Kevin Milkey, hosted by his delightful wife Jeanne, here at NOVA 535, featuring the incredible dueling pianos from Rockin’ Pianos, delicious food from Puff n Stuff catering plus exciting other surprises.Well that party was so fun and successful the decided to host it again on Friday March 13, 2015 at St. Pete’s historic venue NOVA 535, yet this time instead of a birthday bash, they created a fundraiser for AICR – American Institute for Cancer Research and cleverly disguised it as a party. And wow what an incredible party we had!

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Now introducing the lovely newlyweds Mrs and Mrs

Change, in this case, is a good thing. See we here at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida, have been marrying people since opening, back in February 2008. “Marrying” two consenting adults who love, respect and want to make a lifetime commitment to each other. Most of the time they were called weddings, occasionally “Commitment Ceremonies”. So why the different labels for the exact same event?

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