This Couple Used Every Color of the Rainbow for Their Art-Inspired Wedding in Three Themed Tents

bride and groom kissing under clear umbrella in the rain
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Danielle Giulio and John Prater classified themselves as "just friends" for two years after they met through mutual pals in 2014—until "we decided that we wanted to give dating a shot," they say. It was a shot that hit the bullseye, with John proposing in July 2020 during lunch at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Maryland, with a surprise engagement party afterward at Danielle's family home on the Eastern Shore. "It was the best celebration and a small glimpse to what our wedding would end up being like," says Danielle.

The familial atmosphere of the engagement party—and constantly changing COVID-19 guidelines—inspired the couple to plan their reception at Danielle's parents' home in Hunt Valley, Maryland. "I could see how quickly venues, vendors, and planners were booking up because of all of the cancellations, so we figured our safest bet was to create our own venue," says Danielle. "John and I felt like it was the best option and of course this home means a great deal to me—it's where I grew up and made so many memories with my family."

In a pre-planning conversation with her sister, Danielle described her wedding-day vision as "color and florals." Her sister offered up an unexpected source of inspiration: The spring 2020 "Mexico City" polish collection from O.P.I., which includes a range of vibrant shades, from coral, peach, and yellow to mint, deep blue, and purple. "John and I are inspired by art and design, so we wanted it to be showcased through florals and structural elements within the final design," says Danielle. "One particular thing that I really wanted was for no one to feel like they were in a tent in someone's backyard, and I do think that was achieved."

Planners from Lemon and Lime Event Design organized "floor plans, design concepts, and vendor options" for a 200-person wedding, held on October 16, 2021, where the couple and their guests moved through three different themed tents throughout the evening. "The decision-making process was the easiest," says Danielle. "Everything was so amazing that agreeing on something was always quick." A rainbow of vividly-colored flowers anchored the aesthetic, and the attention to detail wowed the newlyweds. "The best memory was walking into the reception with John for the first time," says Danielle. "I immediately was overcome with emotion at how beautiful everything turned out. I could not get over the amount of hard work and dedication our wedding planners and vendors put into making our day so beautiful."

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Bright and Cheerful

wedding welcome box with Vital Proteins immunity boosters
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

In January 2021, guests received colorful boxed save-the-dates. "The theme was staying safe and healthy in the new year," says Danielle. "We filled them with Vital Proteins hydration and vitamin C packs, along with our save-the-date info.

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Color Vision

wedding invitation suite with peach and purple accents
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Bold purple, cheery coral, and pale lavender cards complemented the couple's thick, blind-embossed invitation. Emily Baird Designs also provided an illustration of Danielle's childhood home for the envelope liner. "The save-the-dates had their own moment to introduce some colors that would be seen at the wedding, and then the formal invitation introduced more colors," says Danielle. "I think it made guests truly start to think about what the wedding would look like."

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Her Classic Ball Gown

bride and groom posed in front of cream sofa outside
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

While shopping for her wedding dress, Danielle narrowed her choices down to two, finally settling on a lace-and-pearl Stella York ball gown with a sheer bodice, exposed corset boning, and a full skirt (with pockets). "I knew it was the one because when I put the veil on, it just came together so beautifully—I just felt so confident and myself!" says Danielle.

John wore a black Ralph Lauren tuxedo, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, and cuff links custom-engraved with the reception's latitude and longitude (a gift from Danielle). His boutonnière, a peach-colored ranunculus, coordinated with her bouquet.

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Rainbow Brights

colorful wedding bouquet with pink and purple flowers
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

The bride carried a "modern, artful, and colorful" arrangement—including ranunculus, dahlias, roses, clematis, scabiosa, and delphinium—from Sweet Root Village, which previewed the floral design in the dinner tent. "The hand-tied bouquet was an asymmetrical burst of peach, lavender, coral, and a pop of blue," she says.

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Fine Print

bridesmaid ribbon bouquets
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Danielle narrowed her bridesmaids' gown fabrics to two different colors and one print—from BHLDN and The Dessy Group—and let each woman choose their own silhouette. "It was important to me to give them some guidelines, but ultimately they had the final say in the style of the dress—it was exactly what they wanted and felt the most comfortable in," she says. "I wanted my bridesmaids' to actually love their dress and be excited to wear it on the wedding day. I even suggested that they choose a nail color from the O.P.I Mexico City Collection!" Each bridesmaid carried a colorful pomander of roses, butterfly ranunculus, painted astilbe, and delphiniums suspended from a peach-colored ribbon.

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Moment with Dad

bride and father outside wedding ceremony venue
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

The bride shared a sweet moment with her father ahead of the ceremony.

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Mr. and Mrs.

bride and groom recessional after church ceremony
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Danielle and John said their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony at Immaculate Conception in Towson, Maryland. "The ceremony décor was minimal per the church's request; we had two beautiful urns at the altar but the church is so beautiful, it didn't need much!" says Danielle. "When John and I walked down the aisle after the ceremony we had the briefest moment in the corner of the back of the church where we got to give each other the biggest hug and have a little cry of happiness together as husband and wife, before the rest of the guests processed out. It was my favorite memory."

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This Way In

wedding reception tent with floral accented entrance and welcome sign
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Outside the structure where the couple held their cocktail reception, two growing ombré floral arrangements lined the walkway with flowers in shades of white, coral, peach, pink, purple, and pale blue.

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Happy Hour

modern reception bar with flowers and cocktail glasses
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

The interior of the cocktail tent was modeled after one of the couple's favorite shows, Mad Men. "We wanted it to have a speakeasy, relaxed glamour vibe," says Danielle. The bold green structure was complemented by leather couches and chairs; a sleek, hunter-green bar with gold accents; hanging gold light fixtures; trailing emerald foliage; and flowers in subtle tones of peach, tan, and beige.

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Raising the Bar

specialty cocktail with corgi monogrammed drink stir
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

John and Danielle served two signature cocktails: a bourbon-and-fig old fashioned, which put a seasonal twist on John's favorite Don Draper-inspired classic; and a Prosecco-cider mix dubbed the "Orchard Sparkler." Stirrers held tiny flags showing a rearview sketch of the couple's Corgi dog, Squints.

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Lyrical Accents

guest seating chart wall display accented with white flowers
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

For their escort display, Danielle and John borrowed lines from their first dance song—Coldplay's "Yellow"—to include on a freestanding wall adorned with baby's breath and firework-shaped light bundles.

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Art of the Matter

head table with colorful floral arrangement and marble candles
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Inside the dinner tent, the mood shifted from speakeasy glamour to gallery chic. "The theme was an ode to our first date at the Baltimore Museum of Art," says Danielle. "It had a contemporary design, an amazing ceiling installation, and a photo [wall] as guests walked in."

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Color Forms

reception round table with colorful floral centerpiece
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

While the gentle waves of the ceiling installation undulated overhead, vivid florals backed by all-white walls, linens, and chairs added bold color. Taper candles in swooping glass holders, ribbed votives, and white centerpiece holders kept the focus on the multicolored arrangements.

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Hues the Boss

simple place setting with white plates and translucent utensils with gold accents
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

On long tables, small bud vases and petite white vessels held a splashy collection of flowers.

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Let's Eat

guest holding reception dinner menu
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

The plated meal was printed on a oblong menu, which matched the modern aesthetic of the reception tent.

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Getting the Blues

custom monogramed cocktail napkins
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

More rainbow-inspired arrangements—complemented by custom-monogrammed cocktail napkins—brought an artful touch to the bar.

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Stylish and Sweet

four-tiered wedding cake with corgis cake toper and flowers
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

The couple's three-layer vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream by Fluffy Thoughts included several personal touches: "The decoration replicated the ceiling installation," says Danielle. "We also had a Corgi bride and groom cake toppers as a nod to our puppy."

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Ready to Celebrate

bride wearing reception dress dancing on the dance floor with cocktail
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

After dinner, Danielle changed into a Halfpenny London skirt and LouLou top with Loeffler and Randall platform shoes; "a more playful ode to my wedding dress," she says. Musicians from Élan Artists set up their stage and instruments in a third tent. "The dance tent was more in line with the cocktail hour tent in the sense that it was moody and dark, but it was the perfect backdrop to have the most epic dance party!" says Danielle. "When the band started playing 'Love Train,' my friend from college started the biggest love train I've ever seen at a wedding. I just remember it being so fun having all of the guests join in with big smiles on our faces!"

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bride and groom wedding toast
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu

Photography, Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu
Ceremony venue, Immaculate Conception
Event planning,
Lemon and Lime Event Design
Event design,
Social Supply Design
Occasions Caterers
Sweet Root Village
Clayton Film Co.
Father Joseph Barr
Emily Baird Design
Jessica McSweeney
Élan Artists
Coveted Co.; Divine Celebrations Event Rentals; Luxe Event Rentals; Something Vintage
Bride's gown,
Stella York
Bride's accessories,
Garnish Boutique veil; Loeffler Randall shoes;
Fava Beauty
Ariel Lewis
Bridesmaids' dresses,
BHLDN; The Dessy Group
Groom's attire,
Ralph Lauren
Tuxedo House
Groom's shoes,
Salvatore Ferragamo
Revolution Events
ZBest Worldwide
Radcliffe Jewelers
Sugarplum Tents
Cake, Fluffy Thoughts

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