This fall, the Redbox team was contacted by Jane and Jesse of Little Rock, Arkansas, who told us about how they knew each other back in elementary school and then reunited at a Redbox kiosk a decade later. Shortly after that fateful evening they began dating… and Jesse eventually popped the question to Jane back at that very same kiosk in December 2010! The movie-loving duo got hitched this past October, and now that they’ve settled into married life a bit, we couldn’t wait to talk with them and learn more about their unique story.
First off, congratulations! Now just so we’re sure we’ve got your background straight, how did you two originally know each other?
We actually met in grade school, but since he is three years older, we didn’t play together. We reconnected 10 years later at a Redbox kiosk. He remembered me and said hello. We’d been dating for six months to the day when he proposed.
Wow, that is so cool. Was Jesse worried anything would go wrong when he popped the question in such a public area? And did you suspect anything that night?
Jesse was more excited than worried, and I was completely surprised. I knew he had asked my father for permission about a month before, but I had no idea that night was THE night. He got down on one knee in the parking lot a little ways away from the Redbox so it was a little more secluded then actually being in front of the Redbox. I was in my own world and didn’t notice if anybody was watching.
October 22 was your big day—how’d it go?
Our wedding was wonderful, full of family and friends—approximately 305 guests attended. We had a live seven-piece band, a photo booth for our guests to enjoy, an open bar and lots of good food and plenty of dancing! Our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which we thought was perfect, because we’d been together for a little over a year when we wed, but we couldn’t help falling in love.
Yes, the night of the rehearsal dinner I shared with our family the story of how Jess and I “met” at a Redbox, how he proposed there, and how that was also where we had our engagement pictures taken. After we received the proofs from the engagement photos, I showed my co-workers. They joked how Jess and I should be the next “Jared” from Subway, but only for Redbox!
I decided to write one of the Redbox executives about our love story… or what I like to call our “customer satisfaction testimonial.” I told him how we met and how Redbox was incorporated in the wedding—we had made up gifts for our out-of-town guests: a red box that contained some snacks and water bottles. We made labels for the water bottles with a picture of Jess and I and our wedding date, and the Redbox arch was over the date. Also included in our red box was a picture of Jess and I in front of the Redbox where we got engaged.
Our groom’s cake had a Redbox replica topper, and on the groom’s cake table were pictures of us in front of the Redbox and a brief recap of “the story.” People loved it and made comments about how they should try hanging out at a Redbox to meet their future spouse. So, in my speech at the rehearsal dinner I read everyone the letter I wrote to the Redbox executive, and then asked the bridal party to come receive their free promo cards that you all kindly sent. We took a picture of everyone together with their cards—here it is:
We’re so honored to have been a part of your big day and are thrilled to hear how well everything went. So where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to St. Thomas, and it was beautiful! My favorite experience there involved snorkeling and then hiking to what they call “the Baths”—an area full of boulder formations that you could climb on and through with water knee-high. We also enjoyed a few of their well-known drinks called “painkillers”—yummy! But we did mention to each other how they didn’t have any Redbox kiosks there…
Married life has been great! We enjoy being able to rely on each other day after day for support and friendship. My advice for brides and grooms-to-be would be to be patient with each other. Jess and I were not living with each other before, so getting adjusted to our new living situation takes patience. We’re still learning a lot about each other, which can sometimes be exciting… and other times takes getting used to.
So aside from Jesse popping the question at a Redbox kiosk, what role do movies play in your lives?
Movies play a bigger role in our lives than, let’s say, just watching TV. It’s how we spend quality time with each other. Thankfully, we agree on movies more often than not, and if we don’t, one of us gives in (usually him). We rent from Redbox at least once, if not twice, a week… and depending on how busy our evenings are, we could be renting more than once or twice. Going to the theater is rare. We can usually wait for a movie to come out on DVD—it’s a lot cheaper! However, it still is exciting to get a change of pace in how you watch your movies, and the last movie that was, for me, a must-see in theaters was Breaking Dawn Part 1.
One last question for you: what movies are you looking forward to in 2012?
Breaking Dawn Part 2, Men in Black III, The Dark Knight Rises, and many more.
Great picks! And thanks again for chatting with us—we are proud to have been a part of your relationship and your wedding… and now your marriage! We wish nothing but the best for you in 2012!