One Fun Photo Bus
Bella as she is called, was lovingly restored in 2016 to her showroom condition. What makes her unique is the fact her owners spent over a year planning out the perfect photobus.
Bella is not some random VW bus that an ugly photo booth was dropped into. The MME crew took the “Disney®” approach and made sure every detail was covered down to the colors they painted her giving her a style and grace that can fit into any wedding or event setting. Bella’s custom interior is luxurious and she can fit up to 5 people on her full-width back seat, plus she has air conditioning. Everything is themed from the design of the booth inside to the stain and varnish of the oak step that guests use to get in and out.
Clients throughout Sun Valley, Twin Falls, Southern Idaho, and the Northwest will love having this photo bus at their wedding or event.
BELLA THE BEGINNING
This is how Bella was found just outside of Sandpoint Idaho. She was pretty beat up and neglected, but someone saw her potential.
Upon discovering Bella she was taken in and work began on her to “restore” her and get her painted. The engine was pulled and completely rebuilt and an attempt was made to fix her body and prime everything. It was a sad day when she came out of the paint booth because the people doing the work instead of restoring Bella, they covered up the rust and dents with body putty and primer paint.
She was still as bad off as she was in the field, but it was all made to look better. Then we found her.
BELLA ARRIVES HOME IN TWIN FALLS
With very little fanfare Bella finally makes her was via trailer to Twin Falls where we were able to evaluate her damage and lay out a plan for a complete restore. It was evident if she was ever going to be the “bell of the ball” photobus like she was intended to be, she would need some professional help.
A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS
We decided that Bella needed to be stripped down to her steel and then once her body was repaired correctly it needed all the rust taken care of and then it needed primed. Michael Vanderpool with the help of Vernel Sterner and Charlie Hann worked late into the nights for months getting Bella ready for primer. While this was happening we were restoring the interior components like the dash, instrument panel and even rebuilding the seats with new springs and upholstery.
FRESH FROM THE PAINT ROOM
It was September 9th over six months after she arrived in Twin Falls, the sun was shine and so was Bella with a fresh coat of paint. She was ready for the next step of the restoring process.
THE INSIDE TOUCH
Work began that same day on Bella’s interior which would be the “heart” of this beautiful photobus. A complete secondary wiring system gets designed and installed in our shop. This allows Bella to have brighter lights, music and other small amenities that she never was allowed to have, each crafted not to take away from her original look.
From there the interior and carpet was installed along with a stunning hard wood floor in the in the back. The white on beige upholstery was stunning and matched her white and beige exterior perfectly.