20 Jaw-Dropping Wedding Photos That Will Make You Want to Elope ASAP
Small and intimate weddings seem to be all the rage these days, and elopements are no exception. Maybe it’s the need to find a dazzling backdrop or to create a private moment that the two of you can cherish ’til death do you part. Whether you’re planning to hop on a plane or just skip down the street to city hall, these 20 photos of intimate elopements will make you realize that sometimes you need nothing but each other.
1. Island Time: Hawaii is an easy choice if you’re flying from the states — no passport needed! With endless sandy beaches, it won’t be difficult to find a secluded place to say your vows and to capture the magic of the island in the background. (via Victoria Carlson Photography)
2.Welcome to the Jungle: Although your hair may need a few more spritzes of extra hold hairspray, the humid jungle makes an extraordinary backdrop for your elopement. Don’t be surprised if you have a couple of monkeys as your witnesses. (via Costa Vida Photography / Junebug Weddings)
3. Breathtaking Views: Big Sur is known for its vast romantic landscapes. Seclude yourselves by standing at the edge of the world with only your boo and the big blue. (via Erich McVey / Wedding Sparrow)
4. Mountain Magic: This couple had a picnic elopement that combined a romantic love story with brunch. There’s just something so intimate about escaping into the mountains to share a meal and profess your love. (via Maggie Grace Photography / Junebug Weddings)
5. Italian Elopement: Getting hitched in Italy is a perfect way to use those vacation days you’ve been saving up. Make your European elopement a reality by spending a few days in Lake Como, just the two of you. (via Rochelle Cheever / Magnolia Rouge)
6. Puerto Rican Getaway: Eloping in a place that is special to you as a couple makes it that much more meaningful. Embrace the places you love and make them a part of your big day as a backdrop to your moment, so it lives on in photos. (via Nilka Gissell)
7. I Heart NY: Capture your love for each other and for your city on a very special day that will make you forget about the hustle and bustle. (via Samm Blake)
9. Horseshoe Bend: The best part of eloping is that you really can go anywhere. Don’t be afraid to duck into a cave or climb to the top of a mountain in order to create the memory that will last a lifetime. (via Priscila Valentina / Green Wedding Shoes)
10. Wooded Wonderland: A wild and organic elopement might be just what you need as a couple. Unplug and go back to your roots as you say your vows in the middle of a beautiful forest. (via Jess Hunter / Magnolia Rouge)
11. City Hall: Eloping doesn’t mean you have to venture to a land far, far away. This couple is proof that heading to city hall can be just as chic as a foreign getaway. (via Lara Lam Photography / Chic Vintage Brides)
12. Pacific Beauty: Sometimes the perfect spot is right in your own neighborhood. This couple said their vows in their home city of Portland and it was as romantic as ever. (via Kimbry Photography)
13. Road Trip Elopement: Road tripping through the desert with a pit stop for a quick wedding sounds pretty romantic, doesn’t it? Throw caution to the wind and have an impromptu ceremony that celebrates how unpredictable true love can really be. (via Levi Tijerina / Green Wedding Shoes)
14. Private Vows: Her face says it all. Sometimes the connection between the two of you is more powerful than a gigantic and over-the-top ceremony. (via Amelia Fletcher Photography / Junebug Weddings)
15. Station Chic: Saying yes to the dress for an elopement means that you can go a little non-traditional and stick to your laid-back vibe. This bride chose a classic tank and tulle skirt for her elopement and Union Station shoot. (via Jen S. Photography / Joy Wed Blog)
16. Mossy Magic: Nestled in the middle of the woods is the best place to make it official. The glow of the candlelight makes this elopement look straight out of a fairy tale. (via Booth Photographics / Ruffled)
17. Sunset Ceremony: Arizona is known for jaw-dropping sunsets. Take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer by capturing your sweet moments just as the sun is setting.
20. Adventurous Vows: This couple shows just how far they’ll go to create a private moment. There’s nothing more secluded than a snowy mountain top to say, “I do.” (via From the Daisies / Junebug Weddings)
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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