Modern Black, White and Metallic St. Petersburg Wedding

From owner Michael S. Novilla: The atmosphere of a venue sets the tone for a wedding. This stunning bride and groom, Lauren and Nick, understood the importance of lighting to help set a romantic mood for their Modern Black, White and Metallic Wedding Ceremony. Luckily, NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Pete, Florida has a state of the art lighting system built into our historic building. This aspect adds even more enchantment to the upscale feel of the venue and allows guests to truly focus on the magical elements of the ceremony and wedding reception.

Modern, Industrial Wedding Ceremony with Lighted Backdrop and Brick Wall | St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535

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Bridal Show with Smpl Events

Bridal Show with Smpl Events at NOVA 535 Sunday, May 7 – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you a wedding vendor or other professional who caters to young couples who are planning a wedding?
Put your business in front of hundreds of local brides and grooms at our next bridal show in St Petersburg, Florida!

Vendor Registration Click Here!

Are you a bride, groom, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid, or friend of the bride who needs some ideas and inspiration, or a little help pulling it all together in time for the wedding? Come chat with the top wedding professionals in the Tampa Bay area at our next bridal show in St Pete! There is no cost for brides, grooms, and their guests to attend our shows. However, tickets are required.

Guest Registration Click Here!

Our bridal shows in St Petersburg are a fun way for brides and their guests to get ideas and inspiration, figure out their wedding budget, determine their priorities, and get their questions answered about wedding photography and video, catering, wedding planning, flowers, reception venues, transportation, lodging, and much more! And our bridal shows are an exciting place for wedding professionals to meet and talk to local brides in a “no-pressure” setting to show off their products, services, and expertise!


Viva Las Vegas – PARC Charity Event

Viva Las Vegas benefiting PARC – Turning Disabilities into Capabilities

Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at NOVA 535

The Friday Night Party is revealing a new theme and venue this year: “Viva Las Vegas” at NOVA 535! This party will transport you to Vegas with world-class entertainment, casino games with raffle prizes, delicious food, live and silent auctions, and a two-hour open bar. Dress to impress in casino glam attire.

PARC’s signature Golf Tournament Weekend raises critical financial support and awareness for PARC’s programs and services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. Since 1953, PARC has been offering unique and vital services, and today supports more than 800 adults and children through numerous comprehensive programs.

How You Can Participate:

The Golf Tournament Weekend is made up of two events, a Friday Night Party and a Golf Tournament the following day. You can support either or both! Individuals and businesses may participate as sponsors, golfers, party-goers, or auction donors.
We offer separate and combined sponsorship opportunities at multiple contribution and benefit levels to accommodate the interests of our supporters.

Help us make this the best year yet for PARC’s Annual Golf Tournament Weekend!

To find out more and register, visit
Questions? Contact Brittney Sherley, Events Manager, 727.341.6962,


Grey and Silver Modern Industrial Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From owner Michael S. Novilla: Every beautiful couple who celebrates their special day at our DTSP venue is unique in their own way. Although each couple has their individual style, they all are dreaming of an upscale and memorable wedding! Seeing someone’s dream wedding come to life is exciting for team NOVA. That is truly what we focus on: creating 5-star events that delight our guests. This lovely duo, Victoria and David, brought an inspiring mix of preppy and edgy to their Grey and Silver Modern Industrial Downtown St. Pete Wedding. Plus NOVA 535 is located in a great city for their out-of-town guests to enjoy for the weekend.

Bride and Groom Sweetheart Table with Lighted Marquee Monogram Letters, Exposed Brick and Industrial String Lights | Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Decor Inspiration | Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Venue NOVA 535

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Tampa Bay Startup Week Finale Block Party

Tampa Bay Startup Week Finale Block Party at historic DTSP venue NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Pete on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Tampa Bay Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.

Join us for the closing festivities of Tampa Bay Startup Week at NOVA 535 during the Official Startup Week Finale Block Party. It’s time to let loose, have fun, grab some drinks, enjoy yummy food and celebrate our entrepreneurial community.

Experience the yard games in the bamboo courtyard and sip local brews. Mayor Kriseman will be there, you should be too!


A FUNdraiser That Truly Rocked

There’s something incredibly magical within the walls of the 1920 built, historic venue NOVA 535, in gorgeous Downtown St. Pete. Whether it is a wedding, birthday party, award show, live performance or anything in between, one thing is for certain: guests are always smiling and having a good time. It wasn’t any different on Saturday, September 17, 2016 when The Burg Exchange presented Wine Down For Youth Advocacy, an annual fundraiser benefiting Arts Conservatory For Teens (ACT).

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Black, Gold and Pink Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding

From owner Michael S. Novilla:
I love the way Chelsea and Dan utilized an elegant, simple design aesthetic, especially with their usage of the gorgeous, breathtaking flowers. We tried so hard when designing and building NOVA 535 to combine timeless elements; bricks, hardwood, glass, wrought iron and bamboo, creating a unique “blank canvas”. This canvas gives our clients the freedom and ease to enjoy NOVA as-is. Or as with Dan and Chelsea, to ability to add just the right personal touches, allowing their own personalities and creativity to really shine through.  Bravo to Chelsea and Dan for creating such a stunning look and feel for thier magical Black, Gold and Pink Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding. Congratulations and much love and thanks!!

Outdoor, St Pete Wedding Ceremony, Bride and Groom First Kiss Portrait| St. Pete Wedding and Event Space NOVA 535

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Gold and Black New Year’s Eve Downtown St. Pete Wedding

New Year’s Eve Downtown St. Pete Wedding

From owner Michael S. Novilla:

How much fun can a wedding be? Tons! Especially when you have such a delightful couple like Theresa and Josh, who are seriously in love, and getting married on the one day of the year that demands you throw a party! So what did we get here? Well a New Year’s Eve St. Pete Wedding at historic venue NOVA 535, that’s what!! Pop the champagne, hugs and kisses all around and, well of course congrats to our newlyweds Josh and Theresa!

Outdoor Nighttime Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535

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Simple Weddings Spring 2016 Bridal Show

Join Simple Weddings for our returning fabulous Bridal Show on Sunday April 17, 2016 from Noon to 3:00 pm with the area’s top wedding vendors here at St. Pete’s most upscale wedding and reception venue NOVA 535.

How Much?
Brides and Grooms are free but you must reserve a ticket using THIS LINK.

Our bridal shows in St Petersburg are a fun way for brides and grooms to get ideas, inspiration, deals, and discounts when planning a Tampa Bay wedding and reception!

If you’re planning your wedding, register below for one of our upcoming bridal shows in St Pete using the Guest Registration option and come meet some of the Tampa Bay area’s best wedding professionals at some of St Pete’s most unique and interesting wedding and reception venues! For more information, be sure to check out our FAQs for brides.

Are you a VENDOR? (click for info and registration)

If you’re a wedding vendor or other professional who caters to young couples, register below for one of our upcoming bridal shows in St Petersburg using the Vendor Registration option and put your business in front of hundreds of local brides and grooms! For more information, be sure to check out our vendor FAQs and bridal show booth tips.


NOVA 535 is located at 535 Dr. M. L. King Jr Street North, St. Pete, Florida 33701
Parking and Directions to NOVA 535

Please contact Jeff Copeland of SMPL Events at 727-235-7988


5 Unique Wedding Party Gifts

As a wedding party member, bridesmaids and groomsmen typically have to shell out quite a chunk of dough to participate in the happiest day of your life. Sure, they may get access to an open bar and choice of chicken or fish, but between rehearsals, writing speeches, throwing bachelor/ette parties and generally making sure their soon-to-be-wed friends and family members don’t lose their sh*t, they put in a lot of work for you.

Here are 5 unique wedding party gifts that will show them how much you appreciate all they do:

1. Artisanal soaps, bath & beauty products

Bodhi Basics soap downtown St. Pete

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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?

2014 10-19 Heather-and-Mariryan-Wedding-at-NOVA-535-Downtown-StPete-60

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I was told that Mexican Weddings were different and well..

and well maybe they are. On this beautifully hot July afternoon of 2014, at St. Pete’s favorite wedding venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space here in downtown St. PeteLeonor and Margarito, friends forever, tie the knot in what they and several of their friends described to me as a “Mexican Wedding.”  Hmmm, exactly am I in store for? 2014-07-12-Leonor-and-Margarito-Summer-Mexican-Wedding-Fiesta-at-NOVA-535-downtown-StPete (29)

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Florida Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Ceremonies

The delightful weather here in St. Pete, Florida draws visitors and destination brides year round, well maybe except in steamy August, from across the globe. Currently, I understand that Florida is the world’s #1 destination wedding destination, and as our jewel of a city St. Pete and the entire Tampa Bay Area grows in popularity, we’re welcoming more and more destination weddings. And destination brides typically want to get married outside where the weather is gorgeous! Let’s explore Florida Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Ceremonies held here at venue NOVA 535.

2013 10-20 Rich - Kusnir Wedding at NOVA 535 IMG_5415 (25)

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