From owner: Michael S. Novilla: Oh the sweetness of Mother Nature. She provides sunshine and a gorgeous sea breeze quite often here in Downtown St. Pete, Florida. What do you do when she seems to have other plans for your gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony? You trust NOVA 535! Our unique event space is versatile to suite every bride and groom’s needs (or bride and bride or groom and groom – we love everyone here!). Luckily when you rent the venue, the entire award-winning historic location is entirely yours. That being said, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, NOVA is on your side! Find out how a hurricane created an alternate plan for Kimberly and Stephen’s Romantic, Modern Purple St. Petersburg Wedding.
Kimberly and Stephen’s St. Petersburg wedding centered around creating a memorable event at a unique location.
“Our main focus was to have an open bar, great live music, great food and not to make our guests sit through a long ceremony,” the bride shared. “I have a very diverse group of friends, and I wanted to create an environment where we could all celebrate together, be ourselves and dance all night, which we did!”
The couple both work in the animal health care industry, so they appreciated the unique history of our St. Petersburg wedding venue.
“NOVA 535 was the only event space we looked at,” the bride explained. “It used to be an old doggy daycare, and I actually loved that. I had friends who use to bring their pets there back in the day.”
The weather on the wedding day didn’t go exactly as planned, but luckily NOVA 535 has the perfect indoor rain backup space in the ballroom.
“I loved the bamboo garden and had originally wanted to hold the ceremony outside, but Hurricane Matthew caused me to move the ceremony in,” Kimberly shared. “It worked out perfectly because in the wedding arch design I had incorporated 1000 origami paper cranes, which is a blessing for a long, harmonious marriage. As a child my mother taught me to make these cranes, so it was a meant to be a special detail to honor her heritage as well.”
Ceremony and Reception Venue: NOVA 535
Photographer: Limelight Photography – Sara McDonald and Carlos Rello
Florist: 2Birds Events
Caterer: Stillwaters Tavern/Bella Brava
Band: DeLeon Entertainment
Invitations: Paperless Post
Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Hair & Makeup: Bambu The Eco Salon
Anna Coats is a wedding blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay which showcases local weddings in the Tampa Bay area. Her 11-11-11 St. Petersburg, FL wedding was featured on USA Today.
Searching for your perfect blank canvas? Here in beautiful Downtown St. Pete, Florida, NOVA 535 is the top rated venue to host a wedding, reception, mitzvah or corporate event! Known for memorable and award-winning events, and run 5-Star, that’s The NOVA Way! GET STARTED online, call / text 949-873-6682 or email Sales@NOVA535.com. We LOVE delighting our clients and guests!!