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Special Effects in Your Wedding Album, Part II

Since digital photography took over wedding photography around 2005, the black and white image with touches of color has become very popular. The standard version is putting the flowers in color and everything else in black and white. Flowers lend themselves to this, of course, but this effect should not be overused, or else it will outshine the bride! I’ve found other ways to use it that avoid predictability: on the dance floor, for example, only the bride and groom are in color (and they’re usually wearing very monochromatic clothing—a tux and a gown); or in a Jewish ceremony, put only the highly decorative Katuba, or marriage contract, in color. Sometimes during a unity candle lighting, I’ll put only the flame in color.

Here are some examples:

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