Sally can make big day happen

Countryman

Sally Siviour has a can-do attitude to life.

In between managing the farm with husband Mark, doing the farm books, driving the chaser bin at harvest and running after two teenagers, Sally has found a niche market for her artistic and creative passion - wedding decorating.

The name of her business, Gunna SallyBrate, is a play on words from the farm name Gunnadoo and Sally's name.

The trained hairdresser grew up in Narrogin after moving to Australia with her parents from New Zealand when she was 12.

From hairdressing in Hyden to marriage and moving to Jerramungup, Sally started decorating 40th and 21st birthdays for friends a few years ago.

Then in 2009, a friend asked if she could help transform a sports club into a wedding reception venue, and from there the word spread.

"I am there for girls who want to have a lot of input into their own wedding and to have it in their home town or farm," Sally said.

"You can easily rent a venue and have it all done for you but there are a lot of brides who want to have a personalised wedding.

"I also hire out my decorating items for those who want to do it all DIY."

Sally has transformed shearing sheds, sports clubs and town halls into venues with the 'wow' factor, using wall drapes to cover a multitude of sins associated with old buildings.

A bohemian chandelier also adds a special touch and is the last thing guests expect to see in a shearing shed.

Working mostly with the bride, Sally said they developed a theme and colour scheme and went from there.

"A lot of couples have things they want to bring to the reception, including family heirlooms, and I also try to source materials for them," she said.

"You need to get to know the bride to understand their personality and every wedding is different. The way the venue is decorated reflects the couple's personalities.

"I love the romance, the story behind how the couples meet and trying to create what their vision is.

"And I love it when it all comes together. It's a lot of hard work and exhausting but come the wedding day, it's worth it."

Sally and her team of helpers, which include in-laws and close friends, will decorate the day before the wedding, do a touch-up on the big day and then pack up the next day.

"The bride and groom can enjoy their day without having the extra worry of setting up," Sally said.

Sally decorates two to three weddings a year to fit in with the farm calendar.

And how did Sally meet her husband? At a wedding, of course.

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