SURPRISE: Darren Gidney proposes to Hayley Waylett at the Infamous Circus in Maroochydore. Photo: John McCutcheon
SURPRISE: Darren Gidney proposes to Hayley Waylett at the Infamous Circus in Maroochydore. Photo: John McCutcheon

She said yes! Ultimate proposal pulled off in circus 'show'

A SUNSHINE Coast man has pulled off the ultimate marriage proposal in front of 500 people at the opening night of Infamous Circus in Maroochydore.

Buderim furniture artist Darren Gidney turned his proposal to former nurse, Hayley Waylett, into a surprising circus act, shocking his fiancé who believed they were just going to watch the show.

The owners of Chapter Two Interiors creative hub in Buderim said they were still getting people coming up to them saying how brilliant the proposal was.

"I was not expecting the proposal, although Darren has always said it was love at first sight," Hayley said.

"I was stunned the entire weekend and it all felt very surreal.

"The circus had been collaborating with my partner and actually turned it into part of the show.

"I was in complete shock and kept reliving the entire proposal in my head… from the ploy to get me on stage to the standing ovation."

SHOCKED: Hayley Waylett gets engaged at the opening night of Infamous Circus. Photo: Lu-Ela Oxley Photography.
SHOCKED: Hayley Waylett gets engaged at the opening night of Infamous Circus. Photo: Lu-Ela Oxley Photography.

Hayley said the circus was amazing and that the "good old-fashioned cabaret" had the couple in fits of laughter all night.

"I wish the Sunshine Coast had something like this on a permanent basis," she said.

"We're now thinking of maybe a circus theme for our wedding party."

The couple, who have been together for a year and a half, run weekly workshops at Chapter Two Interiors in Buderim for people to learn how to paint and repurpose old furniture.

As a former registered nurse for the Red Cross Blood Service in Nambour, Hayley said that being creative helped her heal from mental health issues.

"I got post-traumatic stress disorder five years ago which debilitated me," she said.

"I then started painting furniture for the home and I became addicted.

"I started a blog and people started following me and asking me to paint for them.

"I then opened a shop in Buderim to teach others to paint furniture too and we run our workshops weekly.

"I healed through creativity and want others to feel the benefits too."

With a background in carpentry, Darren also found a new passion for painting furniture following a few lessons from Hayley.

"He is now a full-time furniture artist at the shop and runs workshops too," Hayley said.

"Chapter Two Interiors is all about repurposing… we paint quirky things that would normally be heading to landfill, like old typewriters, or shovels.

"We take things that are tired and need tender loving care and make them amazing again.

"Our prices are on par with op shops as we want everyone to have colour in their home.

"People come to the shop to have a dose of happiness and inspiration."