Last First Date  
Sally & Tonya
 
Sally and Tonya knew early on that they were meant for each other.
 
By Alyssa Kavanagh Planeta
Photography by Brittany Rae Photography
 
Sally Leger knew on her first date with Tonya Pellegrino that it would be the last first date she would ever go on.  “After our date I went home and decided that I didn’t want to go home without her again,” Sally says.
 
Tonya knew Sally was “the one” when her son Liam was born. The women had started dating while Tonya was pregnant, and Sally was by her side all throughout the pregnancy. She was also there during Liam’s birth. “She was up with the nurses checking on him seconds after he was born,” Tonya says.  “She turned to me and said, ‘He’s perfect.’  At that moment, I knew I was going to marry her.”
 
The proposal came soon after that special moment. Both Sally and Tonya had planned on proposing, but Tonya popped the question first. When Sally got home from work one day, there was a note on the door that started a scavenger hunt around the entire home. Through every room there was a new note in a hidden place that lead Sally to the next clue. The final clue led Sally to the baby’s crib.

“The baby was sleeping with a note and a ring box next to him,” says Sally.  “The note read, ‘Will you marry us?’”
 
Tonya grew up in Bath, Maine and Sally in Massachusetts. The couple had settled in Portland and decided to hold their wedding celebration close to home. As soon as they saw the Purpoodock Golf Club in Cape Elizabeth, they knew it was the ideal location for one of the most important days of their lives. 
 
Although the couple first saw the venue in the winter, they could picture how gorgeous it would be in the summertime. “We knew we wanted our photos to be taken at the picturesque Portland Head Light,” says Sally. With only four miles between the lighthouse and the Purpoodock Golf Club, the proximity was perfect.
 
Sally and Tonya say they could not have pulled off their magical Maine wedding without a little help. “Heather Dusty-Poulin at the Purpoodock Golf Club was incredible,” Sally says.  “She made it seem like we didn’t even have to plan anything.” The couple was also fortunate to have help from Sally’s mom, Gail Frigoletto. “Both Heather and my mom were amazing at making sure all of the details were in place and we cannot thank them enough,” Sally says. 
 
The couple included many personalized elements into their big day that reflected their relationship. Their favorite colors are purple and orange, so they decided to work them into the nautical theme they envisioned. 
 
The morning of the wedding, both ladies woke up early to begin getting ready together with their bridesmaids. Opting to skip the first look and save their excitement for the aisle, Sally and Tonya waited in different rooms at the Purpoodock until it was time for the ceremony to begin. 
 
Sally and Tonya were both escorted down the aisle by their fathers—Sally carrying an orange bouquet and Tonya a purple one. The ceremony was both personal and intimate, with Sally’s brother-in-law serving as the officiant and the couple reading vows they had written themselves.
 
The reception reflected Sally and Tonya’s style with orange and purple details. The tables were decorated with collections of purple and orange glass bottles holding flowers, silver votive candles, and starfish. Sally and Tonya’s first dance was to “Crazier” by Miley Cyrus. “We never did actually practice dancing,” Sally says.  “Tonya walked me through the entire thing; it was surprising neither of us ended up with a broken ankle!” 
 
Following dinner, guests indulged in scrumptious cake and then some dancing. “We ate dinner, we danced, we ate the cake, and danced some more!” Sally says.  “Everything was amazingly perfect.”
 
In Sally & Tonya's Words
We asked the couple more about the big day. Here's what they said . . .

I’m so glad that…the day was sunny, bright, and happiness filled the air! (Sally)

One of my favorite moments was...watching Tonya walk down the aisle 
towards me. (Sally) 

Seeing Sally waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Also I loved dancing with my dad—I’ve never had the opportunity to do that 
before. (Tonya)

I really liked…the atmosphere. Everybody was just so happy to be there and there was so much love surrounding us. Everyone there supported us and it was hard not to get excited about everything. (Tonya)

I didn't realize...how much energy goes into planning a wedding! (Sally)

How hard it was going to be to get into a limo in a wedding dress. (Tonya)

My advice to other couples is…to ask for help! It is okay to not know everything or be overwhelmed. Find a wedding planner and ask for help. They know what they’re doing; it’s their job! (Sally)

Maine Vendors
Venue: Purpoodock Golf Club, Cape Elizabeth
Wedding Planner: Heather Dusty-Poulin at the Purpoodock Golf Club, Cape Elizabeth
Florist: Watershed Floral, Portland
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: Cake Elizabeth, Cape Elizabeth
Transportation: Maine Limousine Service, Portland