Whistlewood Common – A Permaculture, Eco friendly wedding venue

the bride and groom stood togethe rin amongst natural grasses and corn husks

We LOVE creative wedding photography and when you get married outdoors in a field, surrounded by nothing but your closest friends and family, it gives you the freedom to be really creative. Whistlewood is right on our Derbyshire doorstep.

Whenever we’re approached by Penny at Storyboard weddings who runs this amazing wedding venue to photograph a shoot that she’s putting together, my heart skips a beat with excitement. We love seeing who’s going to be involved, where the shoot is taking place and what’s planned for the day. To then find out that we’ve got some of my favourite people, and not to mention the best in the industry working on the shoot, I was over the moon!


If you’re not sure what Permaculture is (I had to google it before the shoot too!!), here’s a little bit about it: (thanks, Wiki.)

“Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centred around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. It’s a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”

Whistlewood Common

If you love nature, you have to check out Whistlewood Common as a wedding venue. We spent the day essentially in a beautiful field, surrounded by gorgeous countryside, camp fires, yurts and a few wooden huts. It was a cold, but gorgeous winters day and with the fine grasses blowing in the wind and the winter sun beaming through, it looked amazing. However, there is soon to be a new cool structure there build out of recycled materials and straw, and it’s going to make the most amazing place for a natural outdoor wedding.

We’re going to share lots more information about this new wedding venue as soon as it’s available, but for now, the mince pies are calling my name from the cupboard and the fire is lit, so we’re going to sign off, enjoy Christmas and I hope you all do too!

Here’s a little preview from the day!

man chopping wood grass in the golden sun man putting up the yurt  black and white of man putitng up yurt for wedding

dressng the flower archgrass in the sun

the bride looking at the groombride and groom by the showmans carriage the bride and her flowers dark and moody by the showmans carriage bride in fur together with her groom bride and groom together in long grasses bride and groom together holding each other rustic wedding table details green wedding table details wedding table details wedding couple together with the yurt in the background bride and groom by the campfirebride adn groom together by the flower arch brides boquet bride looking over the grooms shoulder bride and groom together bride adn groom with the old oak tree