By CARLEY D. THORNELL

It may have been love at first sight when Brian and Victoria (Pero) Coffey saw the “Beauty and the Beast”– like ballroom at Renaissance Country Club in Haverhill. But it wasn’t quite that way at the beginning, when they met as co-workers.“When I first met her, she was rude to me,” Brian said, laughing about their interaction at Walgreens.

Luckily, that soon changed for these North Shore natives, as outgoing Brian helped get Victoria out of her shell — and foster a mutual attraction for all things Disney.

“Whether you’re having a good day or a bad day, just watch a Disney movie and it will be better either way,” she said. “I think going to Disney World really did it for me — it’s literally the only place you go and no one’s in a bad mood, you just go and explore and there’s so much to offer.”

The Coffeys’ Disney-themed wedding — and Florida honeymoon — were both odes to where their relationship magic first happened with a trip there, but it really came to life at Renaissance with the help of the staff, said Victoria.

“I’m 100 percent satisfied with the venue in every sense of the word; everyone was so helpful, I’d literally email on a Saturday and get a response back within 10 minutes.”

Whether it was the small details like making roses in glass cases for “Beauty and the Beast” centerpieces or making sure the Cinderella cake topper was placed just so, or the big details like the ease of enjoying one of the few clubs with hotel rooms for rent upstairs, a country club wedding just made the most sense for the Coffeys.

“We decided to keep religion out of it, so a country club became a logical mid-ground — plus there were options for indoor and gorgeous outdoor spaces for the ceremony and reception,” said Victoria.

Views of the gorgeous 18-hole Brian Silva-designed golf course certainly enhance the specialness of this space.

Today, Brian has the best of both worlds — his favorite place on Earth for the honeymoon, and his dream bride. “Since the time she and I started dating, we’ve only spent four or five nights apart from each other. Within three months of dating, I knew I’d marry her.”


PHOTO: Victoria and Brian Coffey, Rebeca Knowlton Photography

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