Bride- M. Francesca Monn
Groom- Ryan S. Lindborg
Ceremony 1 location: St. Monica’s Catholic Church
Ceremony 2 location: The Westin Downtown
Reception location: Indiana Roof Ballroom
Honeymoon location: Rome and Sardinia (We actually received a personal newlywed blessing from the POPE!)
Wedding date: May 18, 2013
When did you first meet: Wednesday August 6, 2008
Where did you first meet: We met in Gary, Indiana, on the first day of medical school. According to Ryan it was love at first sight; however, Francesca had a boyfriend and was more interested in making friends than romance. Eventually we started dating the following year.
When did you know you were going to marry him: Ryan and I used to go for (almost) nightly walks along the canal in Indianapolis. I looked forward to these walks everyday. One morning in August, following a particularly pleasant evening, I woke up and just knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life together with Ryan.
How did he propose: This is quite the story in itself!
In February 2011, Ryan and Francesca traveled to India. Their trip began in Ahmedabad and took them to Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok, Delhi, Agra, and many other cities. Driving to Tsomgo Lake (Gangtok) in the midst of a massive fog, Francesca pushed Ryan about suspecting that he would propose on the trip. He calmly looked at her and said that he didn’t have a ring and that he hadn’t asked her father but that he could call and then go purchase a ring if it would make her happy. She sulked a few minutes but quickly was excited about their surroundings again.
While at an artisan shop near the Taj Mahal, Ryan purchased a small marble box that was carved and designed in the same fashion as the Taj Mahal, one of the oldest testaments to love. In fact, the artisans were descendents of those initially brought in from Persia who built the Taj Mahal for Shah Jahan. The next evening they took an overnight train to Jaisalmer. Francesca was very excited because they were going to see the annual Desert Festival, complete with camel races, an air show, and camel performances in the middle of the desert! Their first night was at a tent camp on the edge of the sand dunes on the outskirts of town. To celebrate the evening, Francesca and Ryan went on a camel ride through the sand dunes. As the sun set over the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, India, Ryan got down on one knee and pulled out the marble box from the Taj Mahal. Within it was the beautiful ring he had picked out for her. Francesca said yes and they enjoyed the rest of the sunset and their trip!!
Favorite thing to do together: We love going on walks, traveling together, and trying new cuisines wherever we find ourselves!
THE BRIDE OF THE MONTH WEDDING SCOOP:
Wedding colors: maroon and gold
Number of guests: 245
Number in wedding party: 13 + 2 (13 attendants + bride and groom)
Wedding Style: Fusion
Beauty style: Classic
Dress style: Classic Mermaid
Most unique wedding personalization: Ryan and I love to travel, so our table numbers were accompanied by pictures of us in each city that we have visited together in chronological order—from Gary, Indiana to our honeymoon in Rome and everywhere in between! As a surprise for Ryan, we arranged for a groom’s cake fashioned after a camel since that was how Ryan proposed. The biggest surprise though was that its insides were green—green tea flavored cake tastes amazing!!!
Something you did very different: We had two ceremonies—both Catholic and Hindu—to celebrate our families’ heritage!
Something you did very traditional: I had something old (perfume given to me by my Grandma when I was 7), something new (the dress), something borrowed (a prayer from an Aunt in my wedding bouquet), and something blue (my First Communion rosary in my flowers)! We also had an Italian wedding cookie table—Cannoli Queen used my Grandma’s recipe (passed down from her Great-great grandmother) for the florentines!
Something you would do all over again: Ryan has studied martial arts and Japanese culture since childhood. To bring this into the wedding, my family and I folded origami hearts to serve as our place cards. It took hours but brought a smile to his face!
Something you would never do again: A similar, but more pertinent question for me would be, “What would you do differently?” There’s nothing about my wedding that I regret; however, I would make sure to have written out my expectations for each person involved in the wedding—wedding party, family members, friends. That way there would have been fewer surprises the day of the wedding.
Most memorable wedding moment: During the Hindu wedding, Ryan was supposed to crush four small clay pots with his foot as we circled the fire. He succeeded with the first pot; however, the second one proved difficult. The Hindu priest offered Ryan a coconut to aid in crushing the pot. Instead of using the coconut in his hand, Ryan tried to use it between his foot and the pot, much to the amusement of all in attendance.
Best wedding decision: Two of our best decisions were having a live band and a videographer. The band made a huge difference in the spirit of our reception and kept everyone lively on the dance floor until the end! And now, courtesy of our videographer, Ryan and I are able to relive our favorite moments and share them with family and friends who were unable to join us on the day!
Best wedding overall advice: Surround yourself with positive people—family, friends (and wedding vendors)—and then let them do things for you as the days lead up to the wedding and on the actual day. Also, don’t worry about things that don’t seem to be going correctly, everything will work itself out and turn out fine! For instance, our beautiful scroll-programs for the Hindu wedding listed our wedding date as Saturday August 18th. Thankfully, we were all able to simply laugh and joke that there must be an intended 90-day trial period!
BRIDE OF THE MONTH WEDDING VENDOR LIST:
Ceremony- St. Monica’s Catholic Church, The Westin Downtown
Reception- Indiana Roof Ballroom
Dress- Enzoani, purchased at Nancy’s Bridal Boutique
Sari and Sherwani- Karishma Clothing
Hair- Maggie from Sabai Salon (Maria and Kelly did the bridesmaids!)
Suits- Mens Wearhouse
Invitations- Exclusively Weddings
Flowers- Lilly Lane
Cake- Cake Zen
Entertainment- Souled Out Entertainment
Photographer- Joe DeFabis
3901 Kessler Boulevard North Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Videographer- Keith Spichiger at Picture This Video Productions
Wedding Planner- Kelsey Rigdon and Antonia Zunarelli at The Westin and Roof Ballroom respectively
Grooms Cake- The Topping Couture Cakes
Italian Wedding Cookie Table- Cannoli Queen
Ceremony Musicians- Son Rise Music Ministries, Jeff Ferland, and Cassandra Wild
Mandap Creation- Atmospheres Indy/ Mayil Mandaps
Many Thanks to our Bride of the Month, Francesca! Happily Ever After to you and Ryan!
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