Vendor Feature: 1956 Blooms

May 05 • 2016

1956 Blooms

1956 Blooms |Joyelle West  | 1956 Blooms

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to flowers. I would doodle them in my school notebook, chase my parents around our garden, or find ways to add floral touches in every aspect of my life. I loved them. Flash forward to a move from Texas to Boston and I was in the trenches of a grad school program that just wasn’t for me. After some soul searching, a favor or two here and there at some friends’ weddings, and tons of encouraging words later, I began 1956blooms.

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

1956blooms offers floral design and installations for weddings, events, photo shoots, store owners, restaurants…Basically, if it has to do with flowers, we’d love to do it! This coming summer we’re expanding our brand to include an online shop, more styling, and a blog for the plant enthusiast, the decorator, and the designer. We’re pretty excited.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

I think a couple of things that set us apart are that we don’t play by a set of florist rules and we take our cues from all aspects of design. I’m a self taught florist, and although that has made things difficult at times, I think this has given us the freedom to really explore creativity and find beauty in the imperfections. We love what we do and we are constantly finding ways to share the joy of flowers with our clients.

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

This list is endless! Honestly, I’ve had nothing but the best experience here in Boston with vendors and venues. I’ve made dear friends and I’m convinced that the creative industry here in Boston is like no other. So many talented and driven folks are doing incredible work here in New England–take your pick!

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

Oh goodness, you would not believe how long we talk about flowers! Our advance bookings can range from between a year and a half to 5 months. Because we tend to do more than just bouquets and centerpieces at events (we’re talking covered ceilings, huge floral structures, flower walls, you name it…), our wedding clients will book us way in advance to insure that we’re getting all the details just right.

L&L: How do most clients find you?

Most of our clients find us by way of Instagram, Facebook, or word of mouth.

L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you worked at and why?

This is a tough one! So many weddings have been memorable in their own unique way. Whether its been a bride turned friend or a installation that we’ve never done before, we’ve been blessed by such wonderful weddings season after season. I will say that I’m pretty excited about some upcoming weddings for the 2016 season. I think we’ll remember these for a long time!

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

Hi couples! You can get in touch with us via email at


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One of the many fabulous traditions surrounding your wedding day are the bachelor AND bachelorette parties. If you’ve seen the movie The Hangover you might be thinking that a trip to Vegas just isn’t your style. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite alternatives to the crazy and wild bachelor & bachelorette party.

Beach/Lake Getaway – Luckily this getaway doesn’t have to be too far. New England offers beautiful airbnbs, spas, and bed & breakfasts perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

Wedding Olympics – Who said you need to have separate parties? Host a battle of sexes and face off to determine the real winners  of the wedding party through drinking games and trivia about the bride and groom.

Take A Class – Enjoy a sophisticated night out learning how to paint, cook, or make floral arrangements!

Wine Tour/Beer Crawl – Take some of the fun aspects of the traditional party to a place closer to home with a local wine tour or beer crawl.

Backyard Brunch – Didn’t get a chance to have an engagement party with all of your friends? Make up for it with a combined bachelor/bachelorette party in the comfort of your own home.


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Stacey and Brian were married in Stacey’s hometown of Kennebunkport, Maine. Stacey’s parents have a gorgeous home looking out toward Cape Porpoise Harbor, and that’s where Stacey and her bridesmaids got ready. Brian was across town getting ready with his groomsmen at the Captain Jefferds Inn. Their fur baby, Dutch, was there too, wearing his very own necktie.

The bride and groom wanted their reception to be outside, easy-going, and fun with lots of things for their guests to enjoy. They set up lawn games, cocktail tables, and a photo booth that looked like a living room. Their guests had a great time posing in the picture frames!

Stacey and Brian decorated the tent with all sorts of details highlighting their journey together. Instead of table numbers, the tables had locations with descriptions of why the locations were important to Stacey and Brian. Stacey and Brian love Maine and the coast, so their theme was nautical and everything was shades of blue. They decorated everything with lobsters, blueberries, shells, and more!

Thank you to Lexi Lowell Photography for documenting their day and sharing the beautiful photos with us.


Photographer: Lexi Lowell Photography

Caterer: Four Star Fresh

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake 

DJ: Nate Downs

Flowers: Britton Designs 

Makeup: Cottage Breeze Day Spa 

Hair: Studio 41 

Bridal Dress: Precious Memories Bridal Shop

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal 

Men’s Attire: Tailor4less

Trolley: Ogunquit Trolley 

Organist: Janice Stover

Violinist: Susan LaVerriere

Pianist: Nancy Chamberlin

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Zofia & Co. 

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A few months ago we featured Pinhole Press, a wonderful, artistic, toothy papers and high quality photo printing at its finest, all at your fingertips on your computer! Read on to learn a bit more about this wonderful company turning heads of the likes of Martha Stewart and Real Simple magazines.

Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>

L&L: Tell us a little about the history of Pinhole Press.

PINHOLE: Pinhole Press is an online boutique for personalized, inspirational photo gifts. Brides love Pinhole Press because it’s a beautiful and simple way for them to bring their wedding photos to life outside of their computers. From photo books and holiday cards to calendars and day planners, we make high-quality, functional products that can be cherished for years to come.
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L&L: Your photo books are beautifully designed, simple and elegant. Where do your templates come from, and is there a certain inspiration behind them?

PINHOLE: We have a team of designers who create the templates for the photo products on The idea centers around creating a clean canvas for the photo to “do the talking” instead of drawing the attention away with obtrusive designs and formats. Our templates are beautifully simple and the goal is to inspire the recipient – brides, mother-in-laws, best friends and beyond.
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: What are some of your products that couples might be interested in customizing with their wedding day images?

PINHOLE: Perhaps my favorite is the Panoramic Photo Book which has 60 pages of beautiful paper WITHOUT a gutter. That means there the pages lay perfectly flat and you’ll never find a bridesmaid missing in the center!
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: The paper you print on is beautiful. Can you tell us a little about its qualities and where it comes from? Are you particular about the inks you use, too?

PINHOLE: We source all of our paper products from Mohawk Fine Papers, the paper company with the highest environmental standards. Pinhole Press products are made from Mohawk Superfine, which is acid free, archival, certified by Smartwood for FSC standards, and made using Green-E certified wind-generated electricity. The luxurious eggshell texture yields extraordinary print quality for limited edition books and prints.
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: Can you tell us about your photo book options? What cover options and sizes do you have available?

PINHOLE: We have several photo book options to suit the many different styles of brides. Our traditional Signature Photo Book is hand-bound and beautiful way to showcase wedding photos. Our new Panoramic Photo Book, which I mentioned above, is gutterless – yes, it lies perfectly flat! – which means your photos can stretch across the spread without interruption. We also have small photo book options that are perfect for wedding gifts. Our range of softcover photo books are perfect for moms and dads, and our brag books are perfect for grandma. She can carry this small eight-photo accordion book around and show-off her granddaughter or grandson’s big day.
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: Do you have any products that might be good for wedding gifts?

PINHOLE: We have a number of products that can be made into memorable wedding gifts. We’ve seen family members take childhood photos of the bride and create adorable photo notepads as a nostalgic gift on her wedding day. This is sure to bring tears! Our frames prints are also make for a heart-warming gift. Insert a special photo in this simple but beautiful black frame, and voila! You have a personalized wedding gift.
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: You have beautiful save-the-date, invitation and thank you card templates, too. If couples would like to order these, what is your typical turn around time? Does the turn around time vary depending on how many cards are ordered?

PINHOLE: We have a wide assortment of wedding stationery ranging in sizes and styles. They are stunning, easy to create, and they are printed within two or three business days after ordering. That means if you select two-day shipping, you’ll have your order within five business days.
Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>
L&L: Do you have any other products geared towards couples to use on their wedding day?

PINHOLE: That’s a loaded question! There are so many creative ways to utilize our photo gifts on your wedding day. For example, we’ve seen brides create photo wine labels featuring a photo of the couple, the wedding date and the venue and gift them as wedding favors. We’ve also seen brides use our stationery as the menu card during the reception. One of my favorites is the small favor box – ranging in a number of designs – that is perfect for a small thank-you gift for each guest.

Wedding photo inspiration<br><a href= target=_blank>courtesy Pinhole Press</a>

L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into Pinhole Press. If readers would like to learn more about your products, what is the best way for them to find you?

PINHOLE: Drop by to view our collection of photo gifts and the latest photo gifting inspiration in our Idea Gallery. You can also find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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Bridal Shower Inspiration

April 26 • 2016

Your bridal shower is the first of many wedding celebrations. Be inspired by our curated themes, gifts, and invitations.

Bright & Boho via InspiredByThis by Callie Hobbs Photography

Pretty Little Favors via BuzzFeed

Tea Party via Want That Wedding

Creative Games via MyWedding

Brunch & Bubbly via Simply Social Designs

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