Dukes and Steinwinder exchange wedding vows August 23 in Costa Rica

Kelly Elizabeth Dukes and Andrew Jefferson Steinwinder were united in holy matrimony during a sunset service August 23, at Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, the ceremony was performed under an altar of natural wood draped with blush organza. Arrangements consisting of cascading blush and ivory roses adorned the altar. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Barry Edward Hardy.

The bride is the daughter of Holly Dukes Hardy and the late Thomas Jefferson Dukes Jr. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Howard Hines of Kosciusko and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Dukes Sr. of Hattiesburg and Madison.

The bridegroom is the son of William Patrick Steinwinder and the late Dorothy Jones Steinwinder of Jackson. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Vastine Jones of Tylertown and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patrick Steinwinder Jr. of Jackson.

Guests were greeted with violin music being played by Luis Chacon. Scripture was read by Natalie Strong Hutto, friend of the bride.

Given in marriage by her family, the bride wore a chiffon silk blush gown, which was complemented with a semi-transparent over the bodice and a crystal adorned sash. She carried a dense bouquet of blush and ivory roses which was tied with a handkerchief belonging to the bride’s father, the late Thomas Jefferson Dukes Jr.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Anna Dukes Walley. She wore a gown of mint chiffon featuring a deep V-neckline. She carried a bouquet of blush and ivory roses accented by green foliage.


The bridegroom’s father was the best man. Flower girl was Amelia Katherine Walley, niece of the bride. Austin Hayes Walley, nephew of the bride, was the ring bearer. He carried the rings on a pillow handmade by the bride’s mother using the lace from her wedding veil.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s mother hosted a formal candlelight dinner for the family and guests at Manglar Restaurant. The table highlighted a chocolate cake decorated with buttercream icing and topped with blush roses.

After a wedding trip to Costa Rica, the couple is at home in Madison.


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