It was the burning question for Canberrans on their way home from work on Wednesday: ‘Did Scott say yes?’
The words ‘Marry me Scott’ were emblazoned in white plane trails across the sky for several minutes from about 3 pm, prompting a social media storm to find out who Scott was and how he responded.
Scott Butters emerged on the Canberra Notice Board Group on Facebook shortly afterwards with the words everyone wanted to hear: “I did say yes.”
Amber ‘Bambi’ Carroll was born in Bribie Island near Brisbane before her family moved to Canberra when she was two years old. The pair met for the first time at the Ginninderra Labor Club in Charnwood.
“I actually told him to go away the first time I met him,” Amber says.
“He was trying to chat to my friend and me while we were playing trivia, so I said to him that if he wasn’t playing trivia, he had to go away. He did and came back later, but I’d already gone home.”
Not so easily put off, Scott bumped into Amber again at a friend’s barbecue and history was made.
“We’ve pretty much been together every day since.”
Amber and Scott’s son Aiden had been plotting a “grand overture of love” for about a month before they settled on skywriting.
“I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic and thoroughly enjoy spoiling Scott with romantic things,” Amber laughs.
“We had talked about it, and getting married was something we both wanted to do. I decided to take charge of that myself.”
Some research later and Skywriting Australia “was more than happy to do it”.
It was originally planned for Thursday, 16 June, to mark Amber and Scott’s four-year anniversary, but with cloud cover and rain forecast, they settled on a day earlier.
Hiding around the corner of Scott’s workplace, Amber and a friend waited for the message to be spelt out in full before they drove around to the front, Amber poking out of the sunroof like Richard Gere in Pretty Woman.
“He was looking up at the sky with the biggest grin on his face.”
Amber popped the big question and Scott said “yes” with tears rolling down his cheeks.
“I jumped out, ran around the back of the car and gave him a big kiss,” Amber says.
“It was nice to surprise him in this way. He did say to me afterwards that he’s supposed to be the one to do this, but he was definitely blown away, which was the whole purpose of it.”
Amber thought workers from the nearby shops might witness the magical moment, but the couple was blown away to stumble across a veritable storm when they logged onto social media.
“I didn’t imagine it would grow this big and there would be this many people wanting to know what he said,” Amber says.
That evening they talked about where and when they wanted to get married.
“It will definitely be a Canberra-based wedding, although we have had a marriage celebrant contact us who does helicopter weddings – if we want to stick to the aerial theme,” Amber laughs.
“We really want to be able to have as many of our family members, friends and loved ones around as possible to help us celebrate our love.”