Sky above Canowindra fills with yellow balloons for Stephanie Scott, photos

Hundreds from Stephanie Scott's home town of Canowindra, New South Wales, joined with hot air balloonists for a special sunrise community memorial today.

The committee behind the Canowindra Balloon Challenge dedicated today's launch to the memory of the 26-year-old school teacher who lost her life in Leeton this week.

A cool, almost breathless Autumn morning allowed both big and little yellow balloons to slowly drift upwards above the small Central West town, after a prayer led by local Rev Jono Williams.

Some balloons carried messages to the former Canowindra High student. 

Hot air balloon baskets also trailed yellow streamers as they rose over the heads of onlookers.

Yellow is the colour chosen by Stephanie's family in her memory, and was 'adopted' by hundreds of brides in weddings across the country yesterday as their tribute to the victim.

Ms Scott was to walk down the aisle in nearby Eugowra on Saturday. 

Her story has captured the attention of a nation and sparked social media campaigns including #atouchofyellow and #putyourdressout in tribute to her.

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