The VW Photobooth Bus

Out there, roving the Southwest and the West Coast of the United States, lurks an old van, just waiting to change people’s lives forever. Based out of Salt Lake City Utah, Lucy, the 1977 Volkswagen is not a creepy old van with no windows, waiting outside an high school luring kids into the back. She’s a VW bus that has been turned into a mobile photo booth.

Photo Booth Bus signage.
Photo Booth Bus signage. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

Found by Emily while browsing the interwebs shortly before our wedding, we decided to book Lucy the VW Photo Booth Bus for our reception. It was, by far, the best money we spent during the entire wedding planning process.

The license plate says it all.
The license plate says it all. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

The two-person staff who manned the bus was professional, patient, and just plain cute. They dealt with our families and friends all night and always had smiles on their faces. At one point, a family member (who shall remain nameless, because it was my side of the family) leaned up against something and knocked out the power to the touch-screen monitor, but the staff of the photo bus solved the problem in seconds and we all waited patiently for the screen to reboot so we could once again act like dorks in front of the camera. The VW Photobus was in immaculate shape, inside and out. The middle row bench seat had been removed, so guests could gracefully (or not so much most of the time) climb in and out of the bus.

Giving the photo bus mad props!
Giving the photo bus mad props! Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

To the rear of the bus was a barrel full of props and the trunk space had a lit mirror with a bunch of eyewear options. Everything you would need to transform yourself into something else.

Friends that have been with me for more years than we care to admit out loud. Kate and Erin at our reception. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.
Friends who have been with me for more years than we care to admit out loud. Kate and Erin selfie at our wedding reception. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

Once you have found a prop you like (or you could go without) you would climb in the van, sit on the seat, look at the touch screen, hit the button to take a picture, and then sit back. The rest is up to you.

After you did what came naturally to you in a moment of spontaneity, you were rewarded with an old school photo booth strip of four pictures.

Photo strip from our wedding reception.
Photo strip from our wedding reception.

The VW photo booth bus was parked about twenty paces from the reception location, so it could not have been more convenient for our guests to walk to and from whenever the mood to ham it up struck them.

Lucy the VW photo booth bus.
Lucy the VW photo booth bus doing what she does best, making people smile. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.
Lucy was all dolled up for our reception.
Lucy was all dolled up for our reception. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

Once the younger kids found out they could go to the photo booth bus as many times as they wanted, all bets were off. We ended up with so many pictures of other people’s children having a blast with some plastic props and the spotlight on them, it made us smile when we received all 334 photos that were taken that night.

Lucy having a quiet moment during our wedding reception. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.
Lucy having a quiet moment during our wedding reception. Photo courtesy of Erin Kilmer.

If you or any close friends are planning a wedding anywhere along the West Coast of the United States or Utah, please go to the VW photo booth bus website and find a package that will fit the particular reception.

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