Anabeth Guthrie & Timothy Chapin

Anabeth Guthrie and Tim Chapin.
Anabeth Guthrie and Tim Chapin. (Photo by Kelly Cox)
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Anabeth Guthrie, 35, is the deputy press officer for the National Gallery of Art. Timothy Chapin, 32, is an arts consultant. They live in the District.

Wedding date: Sept. 18

Location: Grandale Farm, Purcellville

Guests: 184

How they met: In 2003, Timothy was working in the curatorial office at the National Gallery of Art when Anabeth started in the press office. They became friends, and the following year, Anabeth told Timothy she wanted him to be her date to every holiday party of the season. (He obliged.)

The proposal: Over the Fourth of July in 2009, the couple was visiting a friend's beach house on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina. Timothy persuaded Anabeth to take the friend's dogs to the beach for a sunrise walk. Towards the end of the walk, Timothy knelt to propose, but Anabeth thought he was dawdling while tying his shoe and scolded him to hurry up -- until she realized what was happening, of course.

The wedding: As a nod to the groom's family's New Hampshire dairy farm and the couple's interest in the slow-food movement, Anabeth and Timothy created a "farm-to-table" experience for their guests that included a host of handmade, vintage and local elements. After a processional led by the St. Augustine Gospel Choir, the couple was married under a honeylocust tree at Purcellville's Grandale Farm while guests watched from hay bales draped in vintage tablecloths. The celebration then moved to a tent reception decorated with the bride's handmade paper flowers, hand-sewn burlap and lace tablecloths, and signage that was created by Anabeth's mother. Local acts, including the Winn Brothers Band and a cappella singers Snowday, provided the music.

The honeymoon: The newlyweds plan to take a few weekend trips domestically before heading to St. Barts in the spring.

-- Michelle Thomas

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