I vaguely recall meeting with the florist when I was a young woman as I made my wedding preparations. I told her I wanted roses in my bridal bouquet. She sighed and said roses wouldn't hold up well all day and recommended using Stargazer lilies in addition to the roses. She pulled one out of the floral cooler and upon seeing it, I agreed.
Too much of my wedding day is a blur, but two things I remember: 1) That bouquet was heavy, and 2) The SMELL of those lilies! They were pretty but so pungent!
Stargazer Lilies in Yellow Vase
Acrylic on canvas panel, 8 inches by 10 inches
Similar lilies grew in our former garden, near the gate so I could enjoy them often, but not too close to the deck where we could smell them. I reused a canvas panel from I painting I wasn't happy with and unfortunately, some of the raised parts of the previous painting showed through on the new painting. No matter, I still had fun painting and reminiscing. Enjoy a close up...