2020 Tampa Bay Wedding Industry Mixer

2020 Tampa Bay Wedding Industry Mixer

On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 to be exact, over 150 members of the event industry gathered at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space to share their thoughts on the latest wedding trends. The 2020 Tampa Bay Wedding Industry Mixer was hosted by Marry Me Tampa Bay, NACE and ABC, all trailblazers within the event world, led by wedding planner extraordinaire Tammy Waterman. Tammy is the driving force behind Events by Special Moments. Amanda Sobel was on hand to represent MMTB, while founder Anna Coats was speaking at Catersource.

We enjoyed small bites from Elite Events Catering and Good Food Events + Catering, sipped beers, wines, ciders, and cocktails provided by NOVA 535 and enjoyed beautiful floral designs by John Campbell and Monarch Events and Design. The room buzzed with wedding industry experts sharing their ideas, advice and of course the latest trends!

A top trend on everyone’s mind was sustainability, for example by using compostable plates and flatware or limiting the use of floral foam. These are all contributing factors to the health of our environment. Tampa Bay Cake Company and Sweetly Dipped Confections both shared their thoughts on the rise of the dessert bar and less conventional wedding cake displays, for example, a cake pop cake, while bridal models from Truly Forever Bridal showcased the latest wedding dress choices.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 at historic downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535 Marry Me Tampa Bay, NACE and ABC gathered for the 2020 Tampa Bay Wedding Industry Mixer

Thank you to our fabulous vendor sponsors:
() Over the Top Linens
() Lifelong Photography
() Knights Valet
() Breezin Entertainment
() The Cake Girl

2020 03-12 ACE MMTB and NACE at venue NOVA 535 for 2020 Wedding Industry

What’s a new wedding trend you are seeing? Share your thoughts by tagging #NOVA535 at @NOVA_535 on Instagram

At NOVA 535 Unique Event Space we custom create each event, the way YOU want, with no limits and no stress! Use any professional caterer, drink from our full liquor bar and party YOUR unique way. We only host one event at a time, YOURS! Come enjoy our modernized 100-year-old Downtown St. Pete event space. We do all the work so you can have all the fun! Get Started or Sales@NOVA535.com.

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Coral and Gold Vintage St. Petersburg Wedding

From the owner Michael Scott Novilla, author of the hilarious new wedding and event planning book, It’s 5 AM Go Home:

It makes me smile when I hear things like this from (clients) Rob and Liz, “We wanted something with character that would show when we look back at our photos in 50 years,” Liz explained. “Being able to have the ceremony and reception at the same location was also big on our list! And having a rain backup plan was also a plus.” Having couples TRUST NOVA with their most precious memories is a serious responsibility, which we think is like being a boxer or stand-up comedian. We are only as good as our last event, which helps us remain hyper-focused on delighting our lovely clients and their guests. Thank you for your trust Liz and Rob! Your vintage downtown St. Petersburg wedding was beautiful! Congrats!

Newlyweds enjoy cupcake at NOVA 535

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Greenery Inspired Industrial Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From owner, Michael Scott Novilla

“So many different meanings to green and greenery, being green and green thumbs. Well I’ve always loved trees, the color green is that of life, my favorite, and I love when others share my love of green. We operate as a green eco-friendly company, paperless, and working hard to eliminate all single use plastic; recently eliminating plastic straws completely. All our single use “plastic’ is now compostable, eco friendly. Green is life, showcased by our massive bamboos, standing tall and proud in our private brick courtyard. Green also means Go. Go forth newlyweds, to love each other and enjoy your new lives together. Congrats to Kyle and Mariah, such a lovely couple!!

Industrial wedding ceremony with string light backdrop in downtown St. Pete at NOVA 535

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Elegant 1920’s Great Gatsby Inspired St. Pete Wedding

From NOVA 535 founder, Michael S. Novilla:

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” [The Great Gatsby]

How perfect was it for Steven and Danielle to desire a Great Gatsby themed wedding while choosing NOVA 535. Our 1920 built, red clay brick walled, hardwood floored, historic venue would have suited “Old Sport” himself. Team NOVA loved working with Danielle and Steven, and we are most appreciative of their trust in us, to create the atmosphere and vision they desired for thier big wedding day! Congrats to the lovely newly weds Danielle and Steven!!Bride and groom under string lights at St. Pete wedding venue NOVA 535

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Minimalist Industrial Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From owner, Michael Scott Novilla:

What I love about our NOVA clients, is their range of “wants and wishes”, as team member Melissa Nguyen always puts it. Some clients want all the “bells and whistles” others want to create a fun, relaxed vibe so they can enjoy precious time with their loved ones. What’s great about NOVA 535 is that we can, because of the forethought and extra efforts from the beginning, easily please our clients; no matter what end of the spectrum they desire. We really enjoyed creating the atmosphere that perfectly suited our lovely couple Alec and Natalie. Which always makes me smile, because that’s exactly why we built NOVA 535, so Natalie and Alec could have it how THEY wanted to, withOUT all the potential extra stress and headaches they may have found elsewhere. They told us what they wanted and team NOVA made it happen. Yea!!  CONGRATS to our beautiful newlyweds bride Natalie and her hubby Alec!! (PS. I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!)

Modern string light ceremony backdrop in front of exposed brick wall at St. Pete wedding venue Nova 535

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French-Inspired Marie Antoinette Luxurious St. Pete Wedding

From owner, Michael S. Novilla:

Wow! After 1,000+ 5-star events produced here at NOVA 535, I’ve seen my historic venue dressed up in ALL kinds of incredibly beautiful ‘outfits’; from classic to country, wild and crazy to futuristic, and more. But Staci, Carrie and their incredibly talented team of ladies and gents involved in this gorgeous, styled shoot really blew me away! Tres Bien!!

Marie Antoinette French Styled Bridal Portrait with Tropical Fan Style Wedding Bouquet and Creative Statue Decor and Reception Lounge in High Neck Lace Ballgown Wedding Dress | Luxurious St Pete Wedding | Unique Downtown Venue NOVA 535

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Elegant Black and White Outdoor St. Pete Wedding

From owner: Michael S. Novilla: Ruby and John Kevin, are family to us here at NOVA 535. Ruby has been a planner for her entire lifetime, and has worked with us for at least the last 5 years…wow how time flies. I remember her saying that, after (finally – hahaha) becoming a bride herself, she has even more empathy and patience for her (bridal) clients. Of course we were honored to host John Kevin and Ruby’s big day here at NOVA, as NONE of us could imagine them having it anywhere else! So much love and hugs to them all, all 4 of them now, with the newest addition little JK. So congratulations to our newly weds Ruby and JK, and their lovely “Elegant Black and White Outdoor St. Pete Wedding.”

Elegant Black and White Outdoor St Pete Wedding Portrait, Bride in Cap Sleeve Ballgown Dress with Birdcage Veil and White and Pink Floral Bouquet, Groom in White Tuxedo Jacket with Black Pants and Bowtie | Bamboo Garden Courtyard Ceremony at Unique Downtown St Pete Venue NOVA 535Elegant Black and White Outdoor St Pete Wedding Portrait, Bride in Cap Sleeve Ballgown Dress with Birdcage Veil and White and Pink Floral Bouquet, Groom in White Tuxedo Jacket with Black Pants and Bowtie | Bamboo Garden Courtyard Ceremony at Unique Downtown St Pete Venue NOVA 535

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Purple and Silver Traditional Meets Modern St Pete Wedding

From owner Michael S. Novilla: Ashley and Steven are so cute together! We love hosting clients who have their own unique wedding day visions and will trust Team NOVA to let us help them bring it to life!

This couple had such an casually elegant style, with just enough colors, flowers and details to fulfill their vision, without going over the top. PERFECT! Gorgeous, chic and casually fun; just like they are! Congrats to the lovely newlyweds Ashley and Steven!

Nighttime Outdoor Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait with Purple and Greenery Bouquet and Boutonnière and Groom in Gray Suit | Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue NOVA 535 Continue reading

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Vibrant Purple Whimsical St. Pete Wedding

From owner: Michael S. Novilla: John and I are Boca Ciega High School buddies, though unfortunately we don’t spend much time together these days, so it was delightful for us to host his wedding here at NOVA! He’s (still) so handsome and his fabulous bride Christina is just beautiful, talk about great couple for social media! Our team NOVA loved producing their wedding day vision, so much color and love and life! Bravo and congrats to the most lovely newlyweds, John and Christina!! Nighttime Wedding Portrait with Sparklers in Historic Downtown St Pete Venue NOVA 535 Bamboo Garden with String Lights

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Navy Blue and Pink Boho Floral Inspired St. Pete Wedding

From owner: Michael S. Novilla:

Joseph Christopher Rovnak, “Chris” and lovely wife Nicole were wonderful clients, who created a gorgeous outdoor blush pink wedding ceremony at our historic DTSP venue NOVA 535, here in Downtown St. Pete! They married in our bamboo garden, which was highlighted with pink boho chic decor and then the guets when inside for a dramatic indoor ballroom reception. How cool was it to have such a beautiful wedding AND offer hot, delicious pizza to their guests! Yummy! Bravo to Nicole and Chris!Bamboo Outdoor Courtyard Garden Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Groomsmen in Gray Suits with Floral Tie, Bridesmaids in Mismatched Blush and Rose Gold Dresses, with Rustic Bohemian Floral White Floral and Greenery Arch | Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535

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Kim and Alan’s Downtown St. Pete Valentine’s Day Inspired Wedding

From Owner Michael S Novilla:
Kim and Alan have such a romantic story; they had their first date on Valentine’s Day, complementing their personal love story. It’s always a pleasure to have clients that are obviously in love, intelligently build a great team and work together to create their “perfectly unique vision” of their wedding ceremony and reception. Congratulations to the Alan and Kim, you all did it masterfully. I hope your every day together reminds you both of your magical Valentine’s Day inspired wedding!

Outdoor, Nighttime St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony Aisle with Pink Uplighting and Aisle of Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | valentine's day inspired wedding

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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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Gray, Yellow and Ivory St. Petersburg, Florida Wedding

From the Owner Michael S. Novilla:

Jeff and Christine are a warm, sweet couple that we truly enjoyed working with. They were detail oriented, responsive and willing to listen and learn from our team. We made a unique beautiful wedding together that fit their vision. These are our favorite kind of clients, couples who know what they want – they have a dream wedding, and trust us to adapt and polish it so it works here in the “real world’. We all worked well together and, well as you’ll see from the lovely photos and smiling faces, everyone was delighted. I always enjoy meeting new couples, and working with them when they understand that we 100% have their best interests at heart.

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After hosting over 1,000 successful weddings and events here at NOVA 535, we know what works well and what doesn’t, and in the same breath we believe in listening much more than talking, so we can truly understand our client’s vision and desires. Because it’s all about our clients and their guests happiness, and if you listen, they will tell you what they really want. And if they trust you to produce it for them, you can make wedding and event magic. And we did!!

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