Polen Farm Weddings
Located on sprawling historic acreage, Polen Farm in Kettering may be one of my most favorite places for outdoor weddings. The picturesque grounds boast a 19th-century farmhouse, a gazebo, barn, banquet house, and more. Ramona and Scot selected the gazebo for their intimate ceremony, followed by portraits at various locations around the stately house.
Love Isn’t Cancelled at Polen Farm
Ramona and Scot had planned their wedding at Polen Farms for the Spring, but like many other couples had to reschedule their plans due to COVID-19. However, their initial plans weren’t at Polen Farms. In fact, their wedding had been planned half-way around the world. The two were planning on eloping, and Scot had set up the whole thing in Ireland. Ramona says, “He was very excited to embrace the Irish culture and had the kilt made.” Scot later wore the kilt at the ceremony at Polen Farm as a formal ode to the culture.
An Irish Brídeog in America
The Irish heritage came from Ramona, Scot is of German descent. The couple took a trip to Ireland in 2014. Prior to that, Ramona traced her ancestry back six generations to her Great Grandfather McBride. Ramona also learned he was buried in a cemetery in Dublin called Cabbage Garden. During their trip to The Emerald Isle, the couple located the historic ceremony with its dilapidated tombstones. This further engraved the couple’s love of Ireland and Ramona’s Celtic heritage.
Vows Set in Stone
The vows set in stone came from one of the parts of the ceremonial Irish wedding. It’s actually a Celtic/Scottish tradition of “setting an oath in stone.” The bride and groom hold the stone while saying vows, which sets the vows in stone. In addition to the kilt, that was one of the many heart-warming details from traditional Irish wedding customs the couple decided to incorporate.
A Joyful New Beginning
Despite the setbacks and changes in plans, the couple celebrated their ceremony on a beautiful fall day at Polen Farm. I was so happy to be there and photograph their wedding. It was quiet and simple, which is what they truly wanted, the weather was perfect and the fall colors added so much warmth to the photos.
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