VS Model Chanel Iman Looked Like an Actual Angel in Her Wedding Dress
Chanel Iman may no longer be a Victoria’s Secret angel, but she didn’t need wings to play the part of a cherub this weekend as she walked down the aisle to say her ‘I dos’ to now husband Sterling Shepard.
The couple, who got engaged to the Giants wide receiver this past December with a surprise rooftop birthday proposal, tied the knot beneath an arbor of lights in the garden of the Beverly Hills Hotel Saturday night before friends and family (including fellow model Jordan Dunn, who served as a bridesmaid).
In photos published by Brides magazine, the 27-year-old can be seen in a jaw-dropping Zuhair Murad gown with capelet sleeves and a plunging keyhole neckline. She finished the look off with a matching veil and Neil Lane drop earrings.
As she told the outlet, “I really love simple, elegant silhouettes and I really wanted to find a classic gown for my ceremony.”
It did include a rather unexpected twist, however, in the form of a tulle cape. “I never really envisioned wearing something like that for my wedding,” she told the outlet. “But the moment we put it on, we all loved it! It was so chic and unusual but also felt a little bit vintage.”
She also thought of her guests when making her final selection, noting that it was stunning to view from the back (where she’d be seen from the altar), as well. “The fact that it was gorgeous and interesting from the back was something that I really loved as guests have that view for a portion of the service, something I think often gets overlooked.”
The runway strutter also went a non-traditional route when choosing her bridesmaid dresses, choosing all-white gowns for her best ladies. While many brides have shied away from the color, fearing that the hue might steal their own thunder, Iman was all for it, selecting a breathtaking white flowing off-the-shoulder Watters design.
“I wanted to keep the palette really clean and fresh,” she explained. I didn’t want to have the outfits compete with the lush, gorgeous surroundings.”
Post-ceremony, everyone headed into the hotel’s ballroom, which was decorated with candlelit tabletops and white satin linen, plus white and blush rose centerpieces. There was also a touch of rose gold in the form of dining chairs and rose gold-printed menus. “I’m loving rose gold right now,” she quipped to the magazine.
The newly married starlet also chose a blush tulle gown with floral appliqué, also by Zuhair Murad, for her reception, noting that “The pink in the gown and the deep V-neckline really appealed to her girly side.”
See all the gorgeous snaps from her big day here!
What do you think of Chanel’s look? Share with us over @BritandCo.
(Photos via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com