A Music Festival Revolution

I’m back! I survived! I had an amazing time! I camped for 4 days and lived to tell the tale! I took a shower that drained my parent’s hot water tank today, but it was all worth it in the end. Especially as I look back and see these photos. Please enjoy looking at them, as much as I enjoyed taking them.



I loved all the feet! I was lounging in my very comfortable chair and noticed the happy feet. Check out the fancy tan lines too.



Instead of lighting the festival grounds with harsh spotlights, they had these soft, floating balloons that put off the perfect amount of light. They went up around dusk and you could see them above the trees all around the festival grounds. Beautiful!




Meet my buddy Sam! Sam and his parents sat close to us at the Odeum. Sam loved his beach ball and was such a fun kid to watch! Steve and Sara(h) I hope you made it home safe and had a great family vacation! It was nice to meet you!



The whole experience was amazing! It was a great place to spend the 4th of July weekend with my friends. The goal of the Rothbury Music Festival was to be as green as possible. They had wonderful volunteers that monitored the trash containers to make sure that you recycled what could be recycled, threw away bio-degradable products to go to the compost, and discarded landfill materials in the correct containers. We used plastic plates and kitchen utensils at our campsite that we cleaned after meals. It was an eye opening experience that everyone can play a small part in taking care of our planet. It’s the little things that add up to make a huge impact. Such as camping for 4 days without electricity, running water and mirrors!


The view from our part of the commune. We were at least a 25 minute walk from the main stage…maybe longer. The camping portion of the trip was pleasantly surprising. The boys that I rode up with were a wizz in our “kitchen”. We fixed marinated pork tenderloin with rice and steamed broccoli the first day we got there…and it didn’t stop after that. Full breakfast was served in the morning with bacon, eggs and hashbrowns. Chicken tacos for lunch! I was blown away by the efficiency that these boys brought to the campsite. All I did was provide sunscreen for the bunch and a misting fan.



Believe it or not, this is the closest thing I got to a group picture. Right when we were all seriously thinking about taking one, my battery told me it was completely exhausted.


For more fun photos, visit the gallery. I took over 200 and have posted at least half of them there. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. I can’t wait for next year’s festival!

July 8, 2008 - 7:54 pm

Stephen & Sarah - Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. We had a blast at Rothbury. It was a first time in Michigan for myself and Sam. We hope to see you again next year. We will send you our online photo album so you can check out Rothbury from our point of view. – Stephen, Sarah & Sam

Reaching New Heights!


After a fun-filled wedding weekend, Sasha and I are still camped out at Grammy and Grampy’s house. (aka my parent’s house, in Grand Haven, MI.) Obviously Sasha is feeling very comfortable here at Grammy’s…as she has claimed the TOP of the refrigerator as her own. Watching her get up and down from there may be the best part.


Sash will be staying behind as I pack up and head north to Rothbury, MI for the inaugural Rothbury Festival tomorrow. This is a 4 day event jam packed with music, friends and camping. For those of you who know me, you know that I’m not very good camper. However, I’m pretty prepared for this trip and I’m determined to make the very best of it. I’ll be surrounded by amazing friends that I’ve known since the 6th grade (don’t do the math…it’s a long time.) Here is the link to the Rothbury website. www.rothburyfestival.com Hopefully I’ll have some fun photos to post upon my return.


Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Weathering Life’s Storms Together

This weekend was spent in my home town of Grand Haven, MI at the wedding of very dear family friends. Stephen and Kallie brought friends and family from across the country to witness their vow to love, honor and keep eachother for the rest of their lives. Kallie and Stephen have shown such an admirable love for eachother…they are an amazing couple of strength, love and support…not only for eachother, but for both of their amazing families as well. I know my family felt very honored and privileged to be a part of their fun-filled weekend. Thanks you guys!


Here are a few photos from the Rehearsal Dinner. The night began with a sunset cruise on the Grand Haven channel. The weather called for rain, which thankfully held off…until we were under the tent enjoying our dinner. It was quite an experience to be enjoying a delicious dinner and yummy groom’s cake with a raging summer storm outside. It didn’t last long and left a dramatic sky behind.

This is my handsome father enjoying his boat ride.

This is the groom’s father, Dave. I loved how relaxed and happy everyone looked during this boat ride. It’s hard not to relax when you’re on the water in Grand Haven.

Kallie and Stephen live in Colorado. Their cakes at Rehearsal Dinner all had something that they love to do on them. This one was my favorite…to look at and to eat. 🙂

There’s Troy Boy! My brother had to miss a lot of the weekend’s festivities due to school. He’s in the police academy and had class all weekend. We missed him! I noticed that I captured a bunch of profile shots this night. It was tricky to enjoy the evening and also keep my eye through the viewfinder. I promise that there are shots of the happy couple to come…keep scrolling!


The wedding ceremony and reception was at the Spring Lake Country Club. Again, the weather was perfect for the ceremony. We were outside down on the water….beautiful! Then we moved inside to be seated for dinner…right as the rain came. It made for a beautiful sun set. The lighting on the headtable was stunning. Perfect!


Here they are….Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walker!

I loved, loved their reflection in the rain soaked window! The light on Kallie’s veil illuminates her! She looks like an angel.

The speeches from the maid of honor and best man were terrific. I’ve heard some terrible speeches before (haven’t we all?) but these were wonderful. They were heatfelt, funny and entertaining. Great job to both of them. This shot is Kallie laughing at her new brother-in-law.

I also loved their colors and flower arrangements! Beautiful and vibrant Gerber Daisies were everywhere. I also like that Stephen’s wedding band is reflecting light in this photo.


Their photographers did a wonderful job of being in the right place at the right time. I can’t wait to see the photos. I’ll be sure to post a link when I know that they are up.


To both the Walker and Deeter families, thank you so much for sharing your day with us. It was simply beautiful. Congratulations to Stephen and Kallie. I wish you nothing but the best that life has to offer you. Best wishes! More photos of the big event are posted under the “Gallery”.