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A Funeral and a Wedding


This was shot in the back courtyard garden at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, in San Diego, California. An interesting fact: this mission is often called “The Plymouth Rock of the West”. The first seeds of agriculture were planted at this mission which laid the foundation for the great agricultural state that California is today.

Now about the white calla lily!  Like most flowers, the calla lily has a symbolic meaning. White calla lilies are a symbol of magnificent beauty and innocence.  The white calla lily has also a significant religious meaning. It is believed that the white calla lily is a symbol of Jesus’ Resurrection, as the shape of the blooms bear a resemblance of trumpets, and the trumpets stand for victory; often the white calla lily was seen as the flower of the Archangel Gabriel.

It is also, ironically,  associated with both weddings and funerals.  The calla lily is symbolic of marriage and purity because of its white color and its trumpet-like shape, similar to a woman’s shape.  It is also  the symbol of rebirth and resurrection; therefore, it is widely used in funeral  arrangements and planted in cemeteries.

Here we have caught both meanings – special!  www.kerstenbeck.com

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