Jones, Duffy marry in Tallahassee

Published 2:56 am Saturday, November 3, 2018

Caroline Grier Jones and Brogden Rountree Duffy were united in marriage on May 12, 2018, in Tallahassee.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Plyna Jones of Tallahassee. The bride’s grandparents are the late Orvie John Plyna Jones and Jean Elizabeth Jones, Mayme Lorena Pickle and the late Claude William Pickle.

The groom is the son of Betty Rountree Duffy of Lynn Haven, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida, and the late Michael Anthony Duffy. The groom’s grandparents are the late Jessie Winwright (J.W.) Rountree and Elizabeth Gibbs Rountree of Red Level, and the late William Henry Duffy and Katherine Quill Duffy.

The wedding was a beautiful affair held at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, at 6 in the evening.

The Florida State University Brass Band played as the guests were escorted to their seats.

The bride was escorted by her father, as the brass band played “Sweet Caroline,“ a tribute by the bride to her mother.

The bride chose a champagne, A -line gown featuring lace appliqués, shimmering embroidery , and a scalloped hem. It was accented with exquisite pearls and beading.

The bride chose a cathedral-length veil adorned with the same pearls, lace and sequins, as her dress. For her jewelry, she wore diamond earrings and a diamond necklace, a wedding gift from the groom. She carried a beautiful handkerchief that was made from the lace of her mother’s wedding dress.

Maid of honor was Amanda Williams, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jordan Hopkins, Amanda Guthrie, Amy Kempel, and Jennifer Justhan. They wore garnet gowns.

Robert Harrison of Jackson, Mississippi, a close relative of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Guy Ward, Andrew Hopkins, Christopher Kempel, and Ryan Guthrie.

The groomsmen were handsome in their navy suits with white formal shirts and gold ties.

The groom wore a formal navy suit, custom white, formal shirt and a gold bow tie. He wore gold cuff links that were given to him by his mother. They were a gift to his father, from his mother, on their wedding day.

The flower girl was Diana Jane Lerner. She looked precious in her long flowing, light-colored gold dress. Her long hair was dressed with delicate flowers, and she carried a beautiful basket of rose petals.

The ring bearer was Kevin Claude Williams, cousin of the bride. He was handsome in his navy pants and button down collar white shirt. He wore suspenders and a bow tie to carry out his wedding attire. He carried a beautiful satin pillow.

Minister James Kelly Burke, a long-time family friend, officiated the ceremony. His daughter, a friend of the bride, did a reading.


The guests attended a cocktail party before gathering into the room where everyone was seated for the reception.

The room was decorated very tastefully with white tablecloths and large tall flower arrangements in spring colors.

After dancing until midnight, the couple left in their 1960 White Rolls Royce, for their honeymoon.

Caroline attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, and studied in Europe before graduating. She works in marketing for the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacksonville, Florida.

Brogden graduated from the University of North Florida In Jacksonville. He is an engineer employed by Superior Construction Company in Jacksonville.

Rehearsal Dinner

Brogden Rountree Duffy and Caroline Grier Jones were entertained beautifully with a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s mother, Betty Rountree Duffy.

The seated dinner was held at The Governor’s Club in Tallahassee on May 11, 2018.

The guests were entertained with piano music performed by James Stanfield, cousin of the groom’s mother. He played “Sweet Caroline” as the guests were escorted into the main dining room.

The tables were set formally with white tablecloths and beautiful place servings. A linen table cloth that was hand embroidered by the groom’s great-grandmother was displayed across the front of the head table. She was Minnie Myra Brogden Gibbs, for whom the groom was named.

The veil worn by the groom’s mother on her wedding day was displayed across the mantel behind the head table.

Kevin Williams, the bride’s 4-year-old cousin, delivered an outstanding prayer for the large group with Minister Kelly concluding.

The menu consisted of chef’s salad, duet of princess cut filet mignon, chicken caprese roulade, majestic rice and matchstick carrots. The desert was bananas foster bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

Brogden and Caroline were each given a hand-written, framed letter from the groom’s mother, a keepsake welcoming Caroline to the family with open arms and expressing her love and admiration to her son.