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Best Seat in the House

“To live and share my childhood dream with my kids has been a beautiful ride.”

Say hello to Skye, a lovingly restored 1972 VW bus and the ultimate party hopper. The bespoke beauty of Marissa Mitchell, a Somers mom of two, Skye was the inspiration behind VW Picture Bus, a traveling photobooth and movie theater cruising through Westchester County and beyond. 

“I grew up riding in my dad’s VW bus and have loved them ever since,” said Marissa. “When I discovered Skye, I felt like I needed to persuade my husband, Mike, to bring her home, so I came up with the idea for VW Picture Bus. Luckily, he’s an adventurer at heart and needed no convincing,” she laughed. 

With professional backgrounds in the TV industry, both Marissa and Mike used their knowledge to build a state-of-the-art photobooth on the interior of Skye while maintaining the vintage charm of her baby blue exterior. It was a winning combination. VW Picture Bus launched in 2018 and was immediately in demand for weddings, birthdays, and graduations. Two years later, Marissa and Mike faced a serious challenge when the pandemic hit, so they changed course and offered at-home drive-in movie nights. It became one of the most sought after experiences of 2020, and has remained a summer specialty ever since. 

“VW Picture Bus is more than owning a vintage bus and bringing her around," explained Marissa. "We’re in the memory making business. Not only are we fortunate to make our own memories as a family, but we have the privilege of creating them for others.” @vwpicturebus | 

  • Photo by Kate Leigh Photography