Rev. Leslye Layne Russell performs nondenominational wedding ceremonies in the northern
California region of Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. She has been helping
couples create beautiful ceremonies for twenty-four years. Before her move to Redding, California,
in 2000, she performed wedding ceremonies in the Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, and Marin
Counties and other locations in the San Francisco Bay area.
Layne's personal, loving, and thoughtful style brings an intimacy
and joy that touches not only the bride and groom, but all their
guests as well. She often includes in her ceremonies the poignant
words of the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran and, at the close
of the ceremonies, a beautiful wedding blessing from the Native
Americans. She also has rewritten a lovely, optional "Wine Ceremony,"
a special touch in which the bride and groom toast to one another
and to their "long and happy marriage." She also sometimes includes "roses to the
mothers," the Unity Candle, and special gifts to the children.
Rev. Layne's ceremonies are filled with beautiful and unique wording,
and readings done by the wedding party or other family members or friends are
always encouraged and welcomed. She encourages couples to write
their own vows too, if they are interested in doing so.
From the most sophisticated of weddings to the more casual,
Layne will help create a warm and joyful atmosphere. Layne's
voice is soothing and confident, and her ceremonies are
performed with much eye contact and many smiles. She is
known for her ability to calm and reassure nervous brides and
grooms and help ease them through the pre-ceremony jitters
and those marvelous peak moments of saying their vows.
Layne will perform weddings large and small at the bridal couple's
choice of location, from chapel to hall, lodge or restaurant to country
club, living room to forest, lakeside to mountaintop. She is at home in any
situation, site seen or unseen. Layne is able to come into any indoor or outdoor space
and be at home and share her ease, warmth, and love with her wedding couples
and their circle of guests.
Layne is a recipient of a 1999
"Best of Sonoma County" Award for her work as a wedding minister in that region.
Rev. Layne's husband, offers beautiful solo guitar music for wedding
ceremonies and special events. He is a professional guitarist with a beautiful
repertoire of wedding music of many styles - classical, love songs, jazz,
standards, appropriate rock and folk, bossa nova, and Brazilian. James, who is also a guitar teacher in Redding
at Herried Music and a guitar maker of his own Russell Guitars, has studied and
played guitar since he was eleven years old. Layne and James often perform
weddings together creating a seamless, experienced minister and music team.