Monday, July 25, 2011

Testimonials from 2011 Brides

We love receiving "thank you" cards in the mail from the brides and grooms that we work with (I mean, who wouldn't?).  Getting these mean so much to us and they make us realize that our hardwork hasn't gone unnoticed. 

This year has been a special one for us.  Not only have we received beautiful thank-you's in the mail but every bride has emailed us the day after their wedding (some even the night of!!) thanking us for our work with their flowers.  We truly want to say "thank you" right back and let them know how much we appreciate the immediate feedback and praise.  We already love what we do; and this makes us love it even more...

Here are some snapshots of recent testimonials sent to us...


Hi Carolyn & Janet,

I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to really talk to you yesterday, but I can't thank you enough for all the arrangements, bouquets, etc. I was SO happy with everything and it was exactly the way I had envisioned it all. I got so many compliments on the centerpieces and my bouquet.

You guys were great to work with and I appreciate all your help - I'll definitely be forwarding your name along to other brides.

Thanks again and have a great summer!

Carolyn and Janet:

Just wanted to write a quick note now to thank you for the BEAUTIFUL flower arrangements you created for our wedding.

I could not be more happy with each and every bouquet, arrangement and corsage that you made for us. I am actually just stunned at how well you created "my vision" and how well you perfectly understood what I wanted on the wedding day. Our guests (and especially my mom) were raving about the arrangements on each dinner table and the large arrangement on the place card table. And my bouquet, I nearly cried when I saw it!

You guys were just so easy to work with, as well. I would be happy to recommend you guys to any future brides looking for a florist. Thanks again for everything you did me. You really made our day so special!


Hi Carolyn & Janet,

I just wanted to say thank you so very much, as my bouquet was incredible and got tons of compliments from complete strangers throughout the public garden. The boutonnieres and table centerpieces were exactly what I had been imagining and hoping they would be! You really did an amazing job so thank you so very much!!!

Married life is great so far - we're having so much fun together. Thank you again for everything!



Janet & Carolyn,

I just wanted to thank you again for the gorgeous flowers!!! They were so beautiful – I know you were going to do a great job but it was above and beyond what I expected.

I could not have been happier, from the ceremony flowers to the centerpieces….and the Escort Card Table was by far my favorite!

You really helped bring a uniqueness to our wedding – I definitely felt like they were custom and perfect for us.

I knew that people were going to try to take flowers off the table but the Banquet Manager had to stop them because people were trying to take every single arrangement! And I wanted some leftovers to be used for brunch the next day. I have received so many complements. You do an amazing job and your attention to detail is commendable.

Thank you again,

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 Wedding Season is in Full Bloom!--and Some Other News

Hello All!

Spring is definitely here with all of this rain!  My lawn has never looked so green...But dont worry, the scorching sun of the New England summer is just around the corner (and so is my burnt brown grass..)  =(
But the summer also means lots of weddings!  And we are excited about all of them.  Each and every one has such a distinct style.  Whether we are hanging moss balls from the rafters above the dance floor
or filling mercury glass containers with romantic white ranunculus and soft pink peonies, they are all so beautiful and unique just like the couples themselves.

Here are a few glimpses of some recent weddings from 2011 and a few from late 2010. 


We are now proudly carrying Linaloo Designs!  Jennifer Malone, of Melrose MA creates funky vintage, hand-made keychains, little girl hair accessories and doggie collars all made out of reclaimed cashmere and wool!  Visit her website at to see more!

Some more news...Our May 26th Floral Design filled up completely in two days!  Thank you everyone for your interest. We will be sending out more future dates and lots of fun ideas for classes. 

Also, we know this is a little late, but THANK YOU to all of the ladies involved with the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, Women Helping Women,WHW (especially Dot and Kim!).  We loved being a part of the 500+ person fashion show in April and we think the martini glass centerpiece went perfect with the ladies-night-out theme!  The response from the show has been overwhelming too.  Our retail business has skyrocketed since then and we cannot be more appreciative!  We love the Winchester community and are looking forward to Town Day in a few weeks.  We just celebrated our 1 Year anniversary in Winchester and we have loved every minute of it.  Looking forward to the following years to come...

As always, thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We love what we do and we hope you enjoy taking a peek at our work.  =) 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fino: Members of the Boston Bridal Lounge OPENING this month on Newbury St!

Happy New Year everyone!  We are excited to announce that we will be listed as a member at the soon-to-open BBL (boston bridal lounge).  The BBL is the brainchild of Kerri Esposito-Bruneau and Eleni Granas. 
It will be a unique space where engaged couples can resource wedding professionals and top notch services.  It's sort of like a wedding concierge service with a twist!  Stop in for your glass of champagne or cappucino and get ready to delve into the wedding planning!
Below are some of the inspiration boards we have put together for the BBL.  We are looking forward to another great wedding season in a few months. Here are a few of our favorites from 2010 and 2009.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fino loves Stella and Dot

So after some hesitation--because it was July and wedding season was in full-gear---we agreed to host a Stella and Dot jewelry party for a dear friend. We not only fell in LOVE with the jewelry, we are now Stylists! The baubles are like no other. Featured in InStyle, Lucky, Glamour, and Cosmo to name a few. Celebs are adorning these awesome pieces too! It's a California based company and--get this--the Founder/CEO, Jessica Herrin started the WEDDING! The company is smart and stylish and we are enjoying working with them. Stella and Dot makes a variety of pieces like the bold Charlotte (pearl strands above), the Garden Party Necklace (enamel floral piece), the Petra bracelet and earrings and the Natasha Embroidered Bib (below). They do a great job creating the simple, elegant and delicate pieces too like the Penelope Necklace (worn by and named after Penelope Cruz) and the Mira Bangles.

If you're reading, and you're a BRIDE and you are planning your wedding--CONTACT US to find out how to get free bridesmaid day-of jewelry or gifts.  Host an S&D party and get $300 free jewelry and additional 4 pieces half off. BTW, there are absolutely NO presentations, just some friends and some awesome jewelry.  Email us directly at or go to our website at

Thursday, July 1, 2010

FINO's back to the blogging world...Some June Wedding favorites

Sorry folks for totally slacking on the blogging.  Just after completing a few grueling months of construction on our studio, the busy wedding season began!  We know, we know...these are just poor excuses.  We even took such cool "after" pictures of our renovated studio space BUT of course they are saved on another computer.  We'll get those up here at some point.. Maybe at our 20th year anniversary.  ;)

Moving on to more exciting news.  Here are some of our favorite shots from a couple of recent June weddings.

Alisa & Chris June 2010- Willowdale in Topsfield MA

It was so great working with Alisa and Chris.  They knew exactly what they wanted (Alisa is a designer/artist so she has an incredible eye for things!) but left a lot of the overall design up to us.  We loved their passion for unique flowers and their attention to detail making sure everyting coincided with their "enchanted garden" theme.  Their centerpieces were coppery-brown chargers filled with a bed of moss, succulents and clusters of flowers.  Manzanita branches sprayed in a deep chocolate brown were placed into the moss bed laying assymetrically.  The escort card table was made up of 4 large coppery-brown chargers filled with a low bed of moss.  Alisa wrote the name of each guest on flat black river rocks and placed them on the moss in rows.  The chocolate brown manzanitas placed in a tall cylinder filled with the rocks and orchids tied to the branches added the finishing touch.  The bouquet below was one of the bridesmaids.  The overall colors of the wedding were emerald green, chocolate brown and magenta/purple tones.  Willowdale is such a unique beautiful spot tucked away in the woods ofTopsfield.  This wedding was a perfect fit for the venue.  Congrats to Alisa and Chris! Thank you for letting us take part in your special day.

Flora & Rory (aka "Flory") June 2010 -Boston Public Library

You know when you meet that couple that is just so darn cute together it makes you want to.....well, that's Flory!  We couldnt get over how adorable these two were.  During their mock-up meeting they were both so into the centerpiece and sharing in the discussion on what flowers they loved and the ones they werent so crazy about.  The enthusiasm that they shared in planning their wedding together was admirable!  Their theme for their library wedding was just that...books.  Oh and, lots of romantic and elegant touches.  The flowers were lush and whimsical.  We used cream tones with blends of orange-peach and pink hues too.  The peonies and hydrangea and lots of roses helped make the arrangements full and soft looking.  Flora and Rory, we wish you a wonderful life together!  Thanks for choosing Fino!