I'm currently working on a digital wedding album for one of my customers. This is a photo of the bride in her exquisite gown, veil, and holding a bouquet of her favorite flowers, in a beautiful, natural setting, on one of the most important days of her life.
When I create layouts using very formal photos like these I like to keep the pages very simple. The first thing I want a viewer's eye drawn to is the all-important subject of the photo, in this case the bride. To do that I use a bold, textured background that appears striking only in contrast, and as a complement, to the photo. I like a double- or triple-matte with colors that bring out the subject of the photo. A simple embossed embellishment (the bouquet of flowers) and perhaps a word or two that expresses the emotion of the photo, and that's it. In my mind nothing more is needed.
The subject of the photo speaks for herself.