A Pink Shabby-Chic Wedding at a Private Residence in Forest Lake, Minnesota

Everything about Hannah Taylor (25 and a teacher) and Caleb Wedger's (26 and in the US Air Force) shabby-chic wedding was inspired by Hannah's pink Ve

Everything about Hannah Taylor (25 and a teacher) and Caleb Wedger's (26 and in the US Air Force) shabby-chic wedding was inspired by Hannah's pink Vera Wang ball gown. She found the stunning couture gown at David's Bridal and thought it was too eccentric, but then quickly decided she didn't care. She even added some drama to her look by borrowing her aunt's fuchsia crinoline to add a little volume to the full skirt. Once her look was settled, all the other pink and gold details fell into place. One of our favorite details was the stunning florals from Forest Lake Floral. Hannah knew she wanted pink peonies in her bouquet, and the florist added some hypericum berries, roses, Queen Anne's lace and ferns for a textured look. The bride even donned a fern and baby's breath flower crown for some boho flair. Everything flawlessly came together. And Hannah and Caleb's it's-my-wedding approach, since the couple did everything themselves, including the centerpieces, dessert, lighting. Their wedding truly felt like their own, and needless to say, we're impressed. See our favorite details from this shabby-chic wedding, beautifully captured by Krista Esterling Photography, below.

As Hannah was searching David’s Bridal for dresses to try on, she came across this blush ball gown. Originally, she thought it was too out of the box, but then tried it on. Although she originally worried what everyone would think of her wearing pink, she quickly decided she didn't care. She was obsessed with the full tulle skirt, gold floral detailing on the bodice and romantic bow on the neckline.
Hannah loves peonies—they smell so sweet—and she knew they were a must for her bouquet. Their florist, Forest Lake Floral, used roses, hypericum berries, Queen Anne's lace, ferns and, of course, peonies in the textured arrangement.
The wedding party rocked a casual, mismatched look. The bridesmaids wore their choice of white knee-length dresses, and the groomsmen donned gray slacks, white button-downs, gray suspenders and mismatched pastel ties.
Hannah really wanted to use peonies for the boutonnieres, but they were way too big. Her florist, Forest Lake Floral, compromised by pairing a peony bud with roses and hypericum berries for a smaller but equally romantic look.
Hannah was so nervous about how her fern and baby's breath flower crown would look, she almost didn't wear it. Luckily her hairstylist, Gina from Adevia SpaSalon, reassured her, and did Hannah's hair in a curled updo. She pulled out a few tendrils of curls, and Hannah was sold.
The flower girl, Bernice, wore a dress that echoed Hannah's stunning Vera Wang ball gown. Bernice's dress was gold with a blush tulle petticoat underneath. She even had a bow around her waist, which matched the bow on Hannah's bodice. The girl completed her look with a fern and baby's breath flower crown, and she looked like a mini version of the bride.
Hannah found these 1920s-style shoes while she was shopping at Kohl’s with her mother. They were blush pink on the heel while the toe was sparkly gold snakeskin. The shoes went perfectly with her blush and gold Vera Wang ball gown.
Since Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel had so much character, Hannah and Caleb kept their decorations minimal. Other than framing the altar with two floral arrangements from Forest Lake Floral, they just enjoyed the warm church for what it was.
Caleb knew he wanted a wedding ring that would stand out. When he saw this tungsten band with the blue opal inlay, his mind was made up. "It's really cool to be across the room from him and still clearly be able to see his bright blue ring," Hannah says. Hannah wanted something simple and elegant for her ring, and Caleb chose this stunning one-carat solitaire diamond white gold ring to propose with. He completed the set with a thin diamond band at the ceremony.
Hannah used her aunt's crinoline under her blush Vera Wang ball gown. The petticoat was bright pink tulle, and Hannah loved that it added just the right amount of flair. Plus, it fluffed out the skirt so it wasn't laying flat on her legs. We love the added volume!
Hannah's six bridesmaids chose their own dresses. The bride told them the dresses should be knee-length, ivory and chiffon or lace. They went to different shops, including Forever 21 and Primp Boutique. And they looked so great together!
The bridesmaids carried simplified versions of Hannah's bouquet. The floral arrangements, gorgeously done by Forest Lake Floral, included peonies, Queen Anne's lace and ferns. They really popped against the mismatched white bridesmaid dresses.
Hannah and Caleb knew they wanted to have their reception in Forest Lake, Minnesota. At first, they thought about having a tent set up at Hannah's parents' farm, but then Hannah's mom mentioned a barn that her friends had. When the couple saw it, they knew that was it. "In the evening, the sunlight peaked through all the little cracks in the wood and gave the barn a magical feel," Hannah says.
The day after Christmas, Hannah and Caleb went to five Target stores to buy lights to decorate the barn. Every store had something different, which was such a thrill. When they found this heart and "love" marquee, they had to have them. Plenty of string lights illuminated the space. "Let's just say our home will forever be decorated for Christmas," Hannah says.
Hannah collected antique plates to use for place settings. She liked that it really brought their country-chic theme to life and matched the floral centerpieces. Hannah, with the help of her friends, arranged all the centerpieces in milk glass vases. Some of the flowers were bought in bulk from Forest Lake Floral, but some were hand-cut from Hannah's parents' yard for a personal touch.
The one-tier cake and cupcakes were displayed on a vintage wooden table. To make more space, Hannah and Caleb set up a rustic wooden ladder on top of the table to make little shelves for the desserts. They wanted this area of the barn to be a little more romantic, so they hung a crystal chandelier next to the display.
Hannah's mother and her friend made all the cupcakes. Some were white cake with lemon filling, others were white cake with raspberry filling, and the rest were chocolate cake with chocolate filling. They made the cupcakes ahead of time and iced them on the day of the wedding. They dropped each of the little confections into laser-cut lace-style cupcake cups for a more elegant look.
Hannah and Caleb were each going to pick a song and then dance to half of each. But Caleb picked "Hannah Hunt" by Vampire Weekend right away while Hannah had a new idea every week. Finally, Hannah asked why Caleb chose that song. He explained that the song was about a man who fell in love with a woman named Hannah and is telling her how much he loves her using gardening and flower metaphors. Hannah and Caleb love gardening and landscaping. "Needless to say, his explanation basically made me melt, and we were set," Hannah says.