Married Oct. 22, 2016 Carrying a banjo and a guitar, Layne Lynch and Richard Ross carefully climbed a ladder onto Waco’s abandoned grain silos. It was dark, but the sound of music and the spark of a new romance lit up the night. The two Baylor theater majors played music and sang songs into the morning, watching the sunrise from their perch on top of the silos — now home to the famous Magnolia Market at the Silos. It was their first date. That next morning, Layne knew Richard was the man she wanted to marry. “I kind of accidentally imagined our family walking down the street,” says Layne, now a 25-year-old recording studio manager. It was a very foreign thought, she says, but it was a glimpse into the future. Six years later, Richard, a creative director in Dallas, took Layne back to those same silos to propose. He started crying as he pulled out the ring he’d had specially designed for Layne. For many people, college is a time to find yourself and discover your own identity. For Layne and Richard, that included breaking up for nine months. During that time, Layne says, she learned how to let go and “give it to God.” And they both learned to make God their foundation for life instead of their relationship. But Layne was still crushed by the breakup and never really let go of the man she knew was her soulmate. When they did get back together, Richard showed Layne a journal he’d kept while they were apart. “He was writing down prayers for me,” Layne says. “He was praying for our future and our family.” After the years-long courtship, an art-deco-style wedding was planned in just four months, under the skillful guidance of Layne and her mother, Jann Lynch, an interior designer. The venue — Layne’s family’s home in Colleyville — provided a personal backdrop for the wedding, with historic interest, too. The house was built from a 1927 blueprint found in the attic of Highland Park’s town hall. The bride’s dress was champagne French eyelash lace over platinum silk. Layne swept part of her long hair into a gold art deco clip, and a vintage necklace completed the bohemian chic style. As she walked down the aisle in the backyard she’d grown up in, a string trio played their song — “Doin’ It Right” by Daft Punk — and Layne kissed her dad and took the hand of the man in the elegant gray suit whom she’d loved from the first night at the grain silos. After the ceremony, seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, along with 250 guests, made their way to Uptown Dallas for a reception in the penthouse at the 1920s Stoneleigh hotel. Guests danced and mingled around food stations that included a Texas chili bar. The “naked” cake was adorned with cream-colored roses and sliced with Layne’s greatgrandmother’s knife. Guests spilled out onto the hotel’s rooftop patio, and the reception ended with a theatrical crowd belting out “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West. “We all cried,” says Layne. “It was the best party I’ve ever been to.”— Sarah Angle The Wedding Details Venue Bride’s family’s Colleyville home | Reception and caterer Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, lemeridiendallasstoneleigh.com Photographer Laura Nicole Photography, lauranicolephotography.com; Cameron Slanina Photography, cameronslanina.com Videographer Footage, Josh Franer, joshfraner.com; editing by the groom | Invitations Invitations by Dawn, invitationsbydawn.com Wedding dress Claire Pettibone gown from StarDust Celebrations, stardustcelebrations.com Groom’s attire Alton Lane custom suit, altonlane.com; Mizzen+Main shirt, mizzenandmain.com; Allen Edmonds shoes, allenedmonds.com Cake Celebrity Café & Bakery, enjoycelebrity.com | Ceremony music Serenata Strings, serenatastringsdfw.com | Reception music DJ JerSean Golatt, jersean.com Rentals Ducky-Bob’s Classic Event & Tent Rentals, classicpartyrentals.com | Valet Services Rent A Frog Valet, rentafrog.com
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