Happy belated Easter everyone!  We hope you had a wonderful weekend with family and remembering the real reason we all celebrate Easter.  The weekend was really enjoyable with all of us being able to take a break and enjoy our families.  We are all back into the full swing of wedding season, so we wanted to start the work week with a song you probably have recently heard on the radio. The song title is " I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz.

My husband and I were in the car on our way to our date when we heard this song on the radio. Erik immediately grabbed my hand and started to sing this song to me.  I thought he was just being "Erik" but when I started to listen to the lyrics to this song I realized it was deeper than a good beat and poetic words.  This song is a beautiful reminder how husbands and wives should not give up on each other.  They should stay strong and work through ALL differences, conflicts, and challenges that might come their way.

This song really pulled on my heart strings as I thought back to a time in our marriage where we almost gave up on each other.  Of course, Erik and I had our challenging years and definitely foreseeing more in the future, but as long as you both vow to each other to never give up on each other you can make it through!

Marriage takes a lot of work, time and patience, but you have each other to work it all out.  I hope this song is a reminder for you to not give up on your spouse and marriage!  As a side note, I think it would be a GREAT first dance song for a new husband and wife if you don't have one already in mind.If you do not know what song we are referring to!

I know--don't you just melt when you hear his voice!?  Ah.... He has a beautiful voice and poetic way of singing.

 

Here are the lyrics to "I Won't Give Up"

 

 

With love,

Lauren

This blog post is all about rings! Look down at yours on your left ring finger and see how awesome your fiance was to pick out a beautiful ring that reflects YOU! Yep, diamonds are a girl's best friend. Even if you do not have one yet and you are dreaming of the day you receive YOURS, you still think diamonds are a girl's best friend. The girls of Ellanesque were SO excited to see an opportunity for a lucky couple to win an engagement ring all by winning a game of "scavenger hunt" around The Woodlands, Texas area.

The game is called "The Amazing Ring Race", or "Diamond Dash".  All information can be found by clicking here!

The ring race is presented by Thomas Markle Jewelers. You will get a chance to win a $15,000 ArtCarved diamond ring in The Woodlands. It is a one-day, real world treasure hunt around the city! You will receive all location and challenges straight from your cell phone. All you have to do is sign up, grab a teammate (your future fiance would be ideal), solve challenges (together), and earn points to win!

A chance to win a ring can be a great way to start an engagement! All the W's (who, when, where) are below:

When:

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00am SHARP!

Where:

Town Green Park

Directions to the park

Who:

YOU

All you have to do is enter your email to get started....

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! GO, GO, GO....sign up and get yourself ready for the 2nd annual Diamond Dash!

See this ring? Yep, all you have to do is find it, keep it, and cherish it FOREVER!

 

With love,

The Girls of Ellanesque

 

Photo Credit: Thomas Markle Jewelers

 

Our latest addiction is the wonderful and genius world of Pinterest!

You know all about this if you follow our blog. If you have not heard of it....well consider your walking into a grocery store and you find your favorite long lost flavor of ice cream and you are filled inside with joy! Well, Pinterest is like that feeling except it is intensified way more! It is just something you cannot live without and you have been searching for it for a long time!

Are you following us on Pinterest yet? We have business and personal blogs that are all things weddings, decor, fashion, and fun finds we love to share with YOU!

We wanted to share our finds we have sort of stumbled upon lately...are you ready? Let's begin this fun journey :)

The unique save the date ideas that include your personalities and your four legged family member!

Cute quotes you can use through out your wedding!

The Non traditional foods that you would not see a a wedding

(Pull your personality into every element of your wedding)

Ombre! A pop of color will make all your guests smile at this wow factor

Possibilities are truly endless

Brides & grooms these days are making their own etiquette rule book as they go along...

What is not to love about this spin on "first look" with out him revealing how stunning you look!

A reception will continue hopping if you have after dinner snacks (Ice cream cart, pretzel stand, smore's bar...)

non traditional seating for a ceremony! You can do whatever you wish (depending on your venue space, rules, etc)

You could have a lot of fun with this one!

Definitely, we are having a blast pinning our future ideas we would love incorporate  into weddings.

 

Addicted as we are? We thought so!

 

With love,

The Girls of Ellanesque

 

Photo Credits: Pinterest Boards from Ellanesque Weddings

These days you can find vendors all around the world to deliver something that you are envisioning for your wedding day.  If you cannot find a vendor in the Houston or surrounding areas then you can always look on ETSY or try googling using key words.  We were so excited to share with you our newest vendor find!  Her name is Daley and she created a company that uses her creative and very talented hand to draw maps for wedding invitations and other events.  Her maps and invitations are truly a one of a kind piece of art that reflects the personality of her clients while using charming character from the specific location where you are getting married.  Her company is called Merry Maps.

They provide an array of different hand drawn services to make sure the invitation is truly a first impression to all your family and friends.

Weddings

  • Wedding maps
  • Save the dates
  • Bridal Showers
  • Invitation enclosures
  • Bachelorette parties
  • Welcome baskets

 

Maps and Invitations

  • Directions to farm, ranches, or lake houses
  • Party Invitations
  • Christmas or holiday invitations
  • Etc.

Enough talk....here are some of her recent works of art that she has created for her clients:

Austin, Texas Map

Dallas, Texas Map (In color)

New Orleans, Louisiana Map

 

Definitely, you know some of your guests are visual creatures.  Why not have a custom map for your guests to use as their guide as they make their way to your wedding!

 

With love,

The Girls of Ellanesque

 

Photo Credit: Merry Maps

 

Being on a wedding planning website, you're probably expecting this blog posting to give details of a lovely couple travelling 200,000 miles together, or perhaps details of how a couple kept their love alive throughout many years where one would constantly travel on business leaving the other at home.  Well, those would be great stories and I'm sure they exist somewhere.  However, this blog posting is actually about surviving and thriving through the many differences between yourself and your future spouse.  Have no fear...Lauren will post another awesome blog about wedding ideas soon!  For now though, let's focus a bit on your life together after the wedding day.

So what's the deal with the 200,000 miles title?  Well, I am proud to say that during this past week, my car passed the 200,000 mile mark!  The "Green Machine" is still trucking and hopefully will be for years to come.  However, this milestone represents one of the most difficult and aggravating differences that we have in our marriage - a difference that we have just recently been able to reconcile after almost 4 years of marriage.  Let me explain...

You and your future spouse were raised by different parents, have different backgrounds, and different expectations.  Each of you has valuable and unique things to bring to the marriage.  Unfortunately, it is easy to overlook these unique traits and instead try to change them to fit what YOU want.  Lauren and I tried to do this, had no success, and lost quite a bit of money in the process.  I had the "Green Machine" when we got married and Lauren hated it!  As soon as we were both out of school she insisted that I upgrade to a better car.  So, we went out and bought a new Acura TSX.  Soon after, I got tired of the payments on it and decided to cut them in half, so I got a 2004 Acura TL (yes, I'm an Acura guy).  It was not long after that when I decided (once again) that I really didn't care about cars as long as it got me from point A to point B, so I sold the TL and bought back the 1995 Acura Integra, my "Green Machine", from my brother.  We lost thousands from these transactions all because Lauren tried to change me instead of embracing my unique take on cars.  After all, if I spend less money on cars, there is more to spend on other things, right?

Likewise, Lauren had a brand new Lexus IS250 when we were engaged and I didn't even wait until we were married to try to change that!  After selling the Lexus and getting a car that was a third of the cost, we are right back where we started from.  It took five difference cars to get there for Lauren, but she is back in a car that she loves and it just so happens to be in the same price range of the Lexus IS250 that she started with.  We lost thousands on this as well because I tried to change Lauren into something that she wasn't instead of embracing this difference.  I now know that the likelihood of her ever having a car with over 100,000 miles on it is very slim and the best thing to do is accept that.  Likewise, she knows that there is absolutely no point in trying to get me into an expensive car, no matter how much money we make.

The above is an excellent picture of a fundamental difference in belief related to finances.  Maybe you and your future spouse have a similar difference in finances.  Maybe your biggest difference is that one of you prefers to spend time with family, while the other prefers to spend time with friends.  Maybe it is something as simple as a difference in taste with decor.  Whatever it is, I encourage you to think about how compromising might make each of you a better person, and a more well rounded character.  I wouldn't experience many nice things in life if it was not for Lauren, and she would most likely be in debt due to overspending if it were not for me.  Finding a happy medium is critical, and the sooner you are able to do that, the happier you both will be.  Trying to change your spouse is rarely the answer.  Instead, focus on how your differences can make each of you a better person.  You are marrying this person because you love them, so commit to showing this love by truly appreciating the unique and wonderful person that God has created just for you!

-Erik