After Jason Amerault, left, proposed to his girlfriend, Tina Jaramillo, on Cadillac Mountain Sunday morning, several Bar Harbor businesses set up window displays to congratulate them. Cool as a Moose on Main Street put up balloons and streamers, and played “Marry You” by Bruno Mars when the pair walked into the store. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON AMERAULT

After she said ‘yes,’ merchants help make proposal ‘unforgettable’



BAR HARBOR — Jason Amerault of New Hampshire enlisted the help of some local businesses in his plans to propose to his girlfriend, Tina Jaramillo, on Cadillac Mountain over Labor Day weekend.

“I wanted more than just the proposal in the beautiful location,” he said.

The plan was to propose Sunday morning. He made dinner reservations at Havana for that evening, but his scheming didn’t stop there.

“I thought to myself, ‘What are we going to be doing the afternoon after I propose?’ Walk the town of course.”

He called some stores he thought they were likely to visit.

“I spoke with their managers and shared my idea of a proposal followed by a walk through town where scattered stores would have something in their storefront congratulating us on our engagement. Everyone was super excited to be involved and mentioned they never had a request like this.”

Sunday morning came, and the weather was perfect: 70 degrees and partly cloudy. They headed up Cadillac.

She said “yes.”

After Jason Amerault, left, proposed to his girlfriend, Tina Jaramillo, on Cadillac Mountain Sunday morning, several Bar Harbor businesses set up window displays to congratulate them. Bark Harbor offered treats for the couple’s dog, Bentley. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON AMERAULT

After Jason Amerault proposed to his girlfriend, Tina Jaramillo, on Cadillac Mountain Sunday morning, several Bar Harbor businesses set up window displays to congratulate them. Bark Harbor offered treats for the couple’s dog, Bentley. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON AMERAULT

Amerault and Jaramillo have a dog named Bentley who joined them on the trip to Maine, so Bark Harbor was the first stop on the engagement tour of downtown. “They had a display in their front window, and further inside, had a display on their counter with a gift certificate, dog treats, a tote bag and a bone,” Amerault said.

The couple also visited Mount Desert Island Ice Cream on Firefly Lane, where the chalkboard sign outside the door pictured a bride and groom on a giant ice cream cone. Over at Sherman’s Bookstore, a congratulations card and wedding planning books appeared in the window.

At Ben & Bill’s ice cream and candy shop, they found a display with truffles and fruit slices – Jaramillo’s favorite combination.

“Cool as a Moose really made us feel like celebrities,” Amerault said. The staff there put out a sign with a “Maine squeeze” moose hugging a lobster, a book of jokes about romance and marriage, and some fleece blankets. They also decorated the storefront with paper hearts, streamers and balloons. When we walked in and identified ourselves, they cut the music and started playing “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

“The dinner we had at Havana was the nightcap to such a long and special day,” he said. “The small touches they added really made the night.

“Thanks to everyone involved for making it unforgettable. We have even seriously joked that Bar Harbor may be our future retirement destination.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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