First Comes Love, Then Comes Redbox

by | Feb 13th, 2011 | 8:00AM | Filed under: Other Bits


In December 2011, we caught up with Julie and Mike for a follow-up Q&A. And yes, we’ve got wedding pictures!

A few months ago we received an email from the friend of a kindergarten teacher in Maryland whose boyfriend proposed to her in front of a redbox kiosk. She thought we’d get a kick out of the story, and she was right! We then got in touch with the bride-to-be herself, Julie, and she shared the details of how the whole thing went down. And what better time to recount such a wonderful love story than over Valentine’s Day weekend?

How and when did you and Mike meet?

I met Mike while working at a local restaurant. I had actually known his younger brother first, but never made the connection to the family. We started dating about four years ago, and though we’ve had our ups and downs are more than excited to spend the rest of our lives together.

Did you have any idea he was going to propose?

We had been talking about marriage and getting engaged last spring and summer (2010), yet never made it official. Mike and I finally went ring shopping in August, but he ordered a ring on his own and didn’t want me involved in the final process.  Talk about a long wait! I was afraid he’d never ask since it took him four months to find the right time.

How exactly did he propose?

Knowing I was getting engaged soon, I had asked Mike to look at a few places for the wedding reception. Even though I was completely embarrassed to visit places without a ring on my finger, we booked a few visits near the eastern shore. At each location I told Mike it would be sooo cute if he proposed and then we returned and got married at one of the venues.  Mike was never fazed by my constant pressure.

After visiting three or four places that day, we decided to grab dinner at a waterfront resturant to watch the sunset.  Talk about romantic!  Throughout the dinner, I made multiple references (as usual) to how perfect the surroundings were to get engaged.  Mike ignored my suggestions and we headed to my parents’ beach house on Fenwick Island for the night.  On the way home, Mike asked if I’d like to rent a movie.  I grumpily agreed, but stayed in the car while he checked out the selections at a redbox kiosk.  Mike opened the door to the car and said he didn’t know what I wanted to see and that I had to come help.

I got out and started flipping through the movies, oblivious to the fact he was no longer by my side… but down on his knee behind me. Even during my questions, he was answering from bended knee. Finally I realized his voice was behind me, so I turned around (quite annoyed actually) to find him on his knee with an open ring box, asking “Will you marry me?”

I started crying and said, “No!  We are ten feet from the beach and you ask me in Royal Farms parking lot!? Don’t even take it out of the box, I want to be on the ocean!”

YES! I was crying and yelling and laughing at the same time and so was he. We got in the car and drove to the end of the street, got the camera and ran up the dunes.  Mike then got on his knee again and asked me to marry him. I said “Of course!”

Finally!!!  Later we discussed it and told all our friends how it happened.  Mike said he wanted to make it a surprise, but I wouldn’t stop asking about it so he knew he had to catch me off guard. He sure did! I was shocked by his choice in location!

Wow. You gotta hand it to your man, though.  He really did surprise you, and that sounds like a hard thing to do! So aside from Mike popping the question at a redbox kiosk, what role do movies play in your lives?

Mike and I watch movies on a weekly basis.  He gets off work earlier than I do, so he watches movies daily.

Do you generally have the same taste in movies?  What’s your favorite film… and his?

We do not have the same taste in movies, and picking one is quite difficult.  I like romantic comedies and he likes action.  My favorite movie would probably be The Princess Bride. Mike’s favorite movie is Jaws.

I side with you on that one! So when’s the big day?

We are getting married on June 18th in St. Michaels, Maryland!!!

We at redbox think your story is absolutely awesome.  Congratulations!

Julie also shared this poem her father wrote, which was included on invitations to Julie and Mike’s engagement party:

Julie was thinking beach and sand
But with a tiny box in hand
Mike got down on one knee
While Julie picked out a DVD
At a redbox by the sea



14 Responses to “First Comes Love, Then Comes Redbox”

  1. Spaz
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Sweet story. Congratulations Julie and Mike!

  2. BeckieHarris
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    How do you enter you proposal contest?

  3. Vicki Smith
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

    how cute. Love the poem! I’m a hopeless romantic too and probably would have been furious by the location of the proposal but it’s actually a great story to start married life with.

  4. Erika Olson

    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Beckie –

    There’s no contest — on Facebook we were just asking about interesting marriage proposals as a conversation topic.

    - Erika

  5. goonybird
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

    She sounds more interested in the wedding than the marriage…

  6. moviegoer123
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Ooo…a cute story. I love the story and great idea Mike! And adorable poem, too. Congratulations Mike and Julie!!

  7. Pat
    Posted on February 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Julie, I know EXACTLY where you got engaged! We have a baech house in Fenwick Island ( & go to that Royal Farms on Coastal Hwy almost every day for one thing or another. At 1st I thought that photo was from Harris Teeters.Great story! Pat

    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Lovely story! May God Bless the both of you and your marriage!

  9. ERICA
    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Dressed in my warm winter ski bunny outfit waiting to drive to the mountain for some snowboarding, drinking a cup of coffee in our kitchen. My husband was going to propose to me at the top of the Ski lift, how romantic… but in his excitement he could not wait and asked me right there in the kitchen… because of this I will never forget that he just couldn’t wait any longer, how sweet! We are still happily together 14 years later!

  10. Amber
    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Congrats! Nice job Mike, way to take her by surprise! Happy Valentines Day!

  11. Kathryn
    Posted on March 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I hope Redbox gave them free movie rentals!!!

  12. Roger
    Posted on March 22, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Yeah That’s Stupid, Come On People Say About 30 Years From Now Your Thinking About The Time Of The Proposal Then Oh Yeah It Was At A Redbox, Or Your Friends Ask You So Where Did You Proposed At, It Was At A Redbox Machine Or Your Kids, Mom, Dad Where Did You Guys Proposed At It Was At A Redbox Machine. Come On Wake Up And Smell The Coffee. Life Is Short Try To Live Life To The Fullest. And For Mike Who Proposed To Julie Be A Man He Should Of Taken Her Somewhere Fancy, Somewhere Really Nice I Don’t Know Somewhere Instead Of A Redbox Machine.

  13. Chad Knight
    Posted on March 20, 2012 at 2:44 am


    Before you make fun of other people, go read your first grade book on the use of capital letters again.