Parrado, Williams wed on Sept. 15
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 AM
On September 15, 2012, Diana Gomez Parrado and Jeremy Thomas Williams of Flagstaff, Ariz., were married in an outdoor ceremony in the Arizona backcountry on the secluded Marble View plateau overlooking the Vermillion Cliffs at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Thomas Williams
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Flor Marina Parrado Rodriguez of Castillo la Nueva, Meta, Columbia, and the late Mr. Omar Gomez Castiblanco of San Cayetano, Cundinamarca, Colombia. She is the granddaughter of Ana Elvira Rodriguez, Jose Santos Parrado, Maria Antonia Castiblanco, and Jose Julio Gomez, all of Bogota, Columbia.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Williams III of Philadelphia. He is the grandson of Helen Slaughter, the late Edwin E. Slaughter, the late Virginia Lee Perry, and the late Thomas B. Williams, Jr., all of Philadelphia.
As the sun began to set, the bride was escorted down the aisle and lovingly given in marriage by her mother.
The bridal gown featured a mermaid shantung gathered bodice with a strapless sweetheart neckline and chapel train. The bride carried a bouquet of white, lavender, and violet roses, irises, and wildflowers.
Honorary guest of the bride was her aunt, Esther Parrado Rodriguez of Bogota, Colombia. Bridesmaids were Angela Dixon of Bogota, Columbia; Natalia Sinisterra of Cali, Colombia; Ivonne Chipatecua of Bogota, Columbia; Maria Jimenez of Bucaramanga, Columbia; and Nadia Pfening of Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
The groom's father served as best man. Groomsmen were Troy Tamas of Gardner, Mass.; Mark Wilburn of Yosemite, Calif.; John Wesley Crews of Vaughan, Miss.; Nevin Cornwell of Adel, Iowa; and Shayne Pfenning of Bristol, Conn.
Following the ceremony, an outdoor reception was held on the plateau. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet meal, which included Pacific Coast salmon and crab cakes, gulf shrimp, brisket, and fresh vegetables grilled on site by Pasta Boys Catering and Restaurants.
In addition to layered strawberry wedding cake, guests enjoyed a variety of desserts, including banana empanadas and almond cookies, which are traditionally served at Colombian weddings.
On the night before the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a dinner for families of the couple at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge.
The couple lives in Flagstaff, where Diana recently completed her master's degree at Northern Arizona University, and Jeremy is a wilderness and trail guide in Utah, Yosemite National Park, and the Grand Canyon.