Modern Wedding Candles: Fresh Ways To Light Up Your Day

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Lauren & Lou Wedding - Lounge Centerpiece Detail - Natirar - Pat Furey Photography

Lauren & Lou Wedding – Lounge Centerpiece Detail – Natirar – Pat Furey Photography

 

Candles are known for the warm, captivating glow that they bring to a space. It’s impossible to fall under the spell of a tablescape illuminated by the charm of a sea of flickering flames. To go along with our renewed outlook for 2021, we decided to re-consider the classic decorative element. Meant to speak to a modern sensibility, the following examples, all from the Real BB Weddings archives, feel less lost in the sands of time and more ready for tonight’s highly anticipated gala. From the ceremony aisle to the sweetheart table, here are fresh and inspired ways for incorporating candles into your wedding day.

 

Ana and Jack Wedding - Aisle Candles Balcony Arrangement - The Foundry - Asher Gardner Photography

Ana and Jack Wedding – Aisle Candles Balcony Arrangement – The Foundry – Asher Gardner Photography

Encapsulating minimalist luxury, white pillar candles highlight the airy, sleek aesthetic of lucite seating. Simple yet sophisticated, the duo makes a most stylish statement for the ceremony walkway.

 

Emily and Felix Wedding - Flower Arch - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Susan Shek Photography

Emily and Felix Wedding – Flower Arch – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Susan Shek Photography

An eye-catching candle display underscores the natural allure of an outdoor ceremony. Here, rows of white pillar candles soften the rocky backdrop while bringing into focus the organic beauty of this white floral and greenery archway.

 

Jenna and Matthew Wedding - Chuppah - Jewish Heritage Museum - Cody Raisig Photography

Jenna and Matthew Wedding – Chuppah – Jewish Heritage Museum – Cody Raisig Photography

When more is more… this unforgettable chuppah features a spellbinding combination of floor candles and hanging bubble votives. The fusion of cascading florals and dramatic luminosity bewitches all of the senses.

 

Aerin and Steven Wedding - Table Garland of Dahlia Silver Dollar Euc Olive Greens Peony Garden Tibet Rose Ruscus - 26 Bridge Brooklyn - Susan Shek Photography

Aerin and Steven Wedding – Table Garland of Dahlia Silver Dollar Euc Olive Greens Peony Garden Tibet Rose Ruscus – 26 Bridge Brooklyn – Susan Shek Photography

Modern, clean, and and oh-so stylish, stem candle holders of varying height add a sense of lyrical movement to a long tablescape topped with a garland of greenery and white blossoms.

 

Dara and Jared Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Greenwich Hyatt - by Brian Hatton

Dara and Jared Wedding – Low Centerpiece – Greenwich Hyatt – by Brian Hatton

Prim and proper for the 21st century, a trio of stem candle holders bestows a touch of modern elegance on the classic white and blush low centerpiece.

 

Lauren and Lou Wedding - Communal Table Centerpiece Detail - Natirar - Pat Furey Photography

Lauren and Lou Wedding – Communal Table Centerpiece Detail – Natirar – Pat Furey Photography

Embodying contemporary polish, this tablescape features a ‘soldier’ row of bud vases containing a single white rose complemented by floating candles and votives.

 

Helen and Alex Wedding - Centerpiece - Tribeca 360 - Ein Photography

Helen and Alex Wedding – Centerpiece – Tribeca 360 – Ein Photography

When used in decor and styling, mirror elements intensify every detail, particularly the play of light and form. Here, a mirror pedestal is placed under square vases containing floating candles over submerged blooms and votives. The reflection of geometric vessels and dancing flames creates a scene that is equally dynamic as it is captivating.

 

Lauren & Lou Wedding - Centerpiece - Natirar - Pat Furey Photography

Juxtaposing elements of various shape, size, and height builds sculptural dimension that draws the eye in. Evoking the atmosphere of a chic cocktail reception, this breathtaking centerpiece focuses on geometric form and clean lines by pairing asymmetrically arranged glass cubes containing white blooms with cylindrical vases holding floating and pillar candles, and votives.

 

Victoria and Doug Wedding - Tablescape Low Centerpiece Candelabra - The Rockleigh - Molly Sue Photography

Victoria and Doug Wedding – Tablescape Low Centerpiece Candelabra – The Rockleigh – Molly Sue Photography

For a fresh take on taper candles, consider using a bold, surprising color such as black. Fit for modern day royalty, this jaw-dropping tablescape features black taper candles set in a crystal candelabra coupled with lucite seating and matching black linens.

 

Madalyn & Jonathan Wedding - Candelabra Centerpiece - Guastavino's - by Joshua Zuckerman

Madalyn & Jonathan Wedding – Candelabra Centerpiece – Guastavino’s – by Joshua Zuckerman

Another newfound approach to crystal wedding candelabras, this beguiling centerpieces incorporates square mirror vases containing white and lavender ranunculuses, roses, and peonies.

 

Elaine and LiRen Wedding - Sweetheart Table - Tribeca Rooftop - Jaylim Studio

Elaine and LiRen Wedding – Sweetheart Table – Tribeca Rooftop – Jaylim Studio

An inviting spot for two perfect for the newlyweds of 2021 and beyond… black edged lanterns holding pillar candles cast a mood of contemporary romance over this sweetheart table.

 

Stefanie and Mike Wedding - Sweetheart Table - Gotham Hall - Emma Cleary Photography

Stefanie and Mike Wedding – Sweetheart Table – Gotham Hall – Emma Cleary Photography

Long taper candles in glass hurricanes bring surprising drama to this sweetheart table adorned with voluminous blooms, luxurious linens, and dazzling floral chargers by Ceci New York.

 

Yelena and Chris Wedding - Sweetheart Table - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Sascha Reinking Photography

Yelena and Chris Wedding – Sweetheart Table – Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Sascha Reinking Photography

Floating candles and votives emphasize the exotic, sinuous botanical forms of this sweetheart table centerpiece featuring a fan palm, banana leaves, white Phalaenopsis orchids, roses, and anthuriums.

When it comes to decor, candles offer boundless possibilities to suit every style and and personality whether you want your wedding to express innovative flare right down to the last detail or dream of a day that spits the difference between traditional and avant-garde. Let the brilliance of these wedding candle ideas elevate your once-in-a-lifetime celebration to great new heights right for the here and now.

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