15 Ideas for Oh-So-Cozy Winter Engagement Photos
Happy engagement season! Since Thanksgiving, couples have been getting engaged left and right (and all over Facebook). And that means it’s time to start thinking about a sweet engagement session. While you could wait until summer to have them taken, we love the look of cozy engagement photos shot in the colder months of the year. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and get inspiration for your own cozy engagement photos below.
1. Play in the Snow: Doing a winter activity like ice skating, sledding, or just having a snowball fight adds a majorly playful vibe to your pictures. (Bonus: you’ll have the kind of healthy glow you just can’t fake with makeup!)
2. Bundle Up Beachside: Another cozy couple who proves that you don’t have to have snow to create a wintery vibe. We love the way the red accessories pop against the softer tones in these photos.
3. Let Your Love Keep You Warm: Festive formal attire adds an unexpected touch to outdoor photos… and despite the fact that the bride isn’t wearing a jacket, she doesn’t look the slightest bit chilly!
4. Go Mad for Plaid: Turn a spring or summer engagement session into a Christmas card opportunity with plaid and knit details and pine cone accents.
5. Get Cabin Fever: A secluded location provided the breathtaking backdrop for this cozy engagement session. Search airbnb to find the perfect weekend getaway near you, and then plan a mini road trip with your love and your photographer.
6. Take it Easy: These engagement photos seem so natural; the couple is wearing regular weekend clothes and using minimal props. It looks less staged and more like a normal winter day (albeit one with perfect lighting).
7. Perform a Hat Trick: Knitted caps = instant coziness. And we love the way their outfits and accessories coordinate without being overly matchy.
8. Fake Flakes: Couples in warmer climates, take note! These two used faux snow (and the coolest vintage trailer!) to add a wintry touch to their session.
9. Take It Inside: Fluffy pillows, comfy jammies, and breakfast in bed make for a lovely Lazy Sunday shoot. (Hint: shoot in a hotel with great lighting and a decor style that matches your aesthetic!)
10. Have a Snow Day: It’s amazing how a fresh blanket of snow can make a grey day look so incredibly romantic — we doubt anyone would look this relaxed and happy on a rainy summer day.
11. Sweater Together: Let’s be honest: this bride’s adorable sweater is part of why these photos are so great! Look for a an-old school pattern to get the same nostalgic effect.
12. Make a Blanket Statement: These photos manage to be both cool and warm at the same time, thanks to cozy blankets in an icy color palette. We especially love the mix of patterns and textures here!
13. Bedded Bliss: “Pinch me, I must be dreaming” is right! That bed is so idyllic and the shot of their toes adds even more romance.
14. Bring It Home: This couple was photographed at their apartment (which just so happens to be next door to a donut shop). Something as simple as going about your daily routine can lead to amazing photos.
15. Snowy Romance: And finally, a throwback to Brit + Co. founder Brit Morin’s very own engagement photos! These were taken in Jackson Hole, where she and her husband Dave got married the following summer. So sweet!
Credits: 1. Bryce Covey on Snippet and Ink 2. Lovisa Photo on Inspired By This 3. Michael Radford Photography on Inspired By This 4. Erica Schneider on Inspired by This 5. Stephanie on Saltwater Studios 6. Laura Murray Photography on Bridal Musings 7. Blue Colibri on The Brides Cafe 8. Valorie Darling on Life in the Sunset 9. Katherine O’Brien 10. Alyssa Wilcox Photography on Polka Dot Bride 11. Arielle Elise Photography on Perfect Bound 12. Vicki Grafton Photography on The Brides Cafe 13. Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom 14. Ashley Kelemen Photography on Inspired by This
Did you or someone you know get engaged recently? Talk to us in the comments below.
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