Bakst Wedding: An Update

Getting Married at Saint Patrick'sGetting Married at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral!

Hello everyone!! It feels like a lifetime ago that I posted and a lot of you have been wondering where in the world I’ve wandered off to this time. Well as most of you know I’m getting married to my sweet Bren-whom I’ve been with for 5 years now. I’ve been elbows deep in color swatches, work, bridal magazines, and more. He was also busy looking into sites like, in order to plan a lads trip away. I guess I couldn’t say no. I should add that during this whole time I’ve had a smile plastered on my face. There’s so much to look into. From wedding invites, transport decisions such as arriving in something like a wedding limousine, a car, taxi or even a bus to the dress, bridesmaids and so much more. My next job is to send out wedding invitations to my wonderful family and friends! It’s been forever since I’ve spoken to some of my cousins so I’d imagine I’ll need to go online and find people and their new addresses to post the letter. I get a feeling this is going to be a long process…!

I have several updates for everyone.

  1. We set a date: June 10th, 2017
  2. We are officially getting married at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral– yes that one! On 5th avenue!!
  3. We booked a venue! 620 Loft & Garden

It’s been such a fun experience (and yes a little stressful) but I am beyond excited. Brendan and I were unsure if the cathedral would marry us because he is Jewish. I honestly don’t know another couple like us to have been married there. I was delighted that the Priest working with us at the cathedral was incredibly open to marrying us. In the next post I’ll talk more about how we came to book the cathedral and the details on the venue. 🙂 The venue itself is actually across the street from St. Patrick’s. For now, here are some photos!

Here is the venue:

Saint Patrick's Wedding Reception at 620 Loft and Garden

Promotional photographs for the Rooftop Garden at Rockefeller Center, in Manhattan, NY, NY. Thursday, November 01, 2007. ( Roey Yohai / )

Saint Patrick's Wedding Reception at 620 Loft and Garden

The most important thing I’ve learned through my prior experience with working weddings is the details are very personal as well as important, but being able to marry someone you truly love will make it the most magical day of all- not what kind of lighting you have. People do tend to go overboard with the decorations, but they just want to make the venue look as gorgeous as possible. However, the only important thing is that you’re marrying the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Before we agreed to get married, we’d been together for 5 years. That is a pretty long time, so we’re certain that getting married is the right option for us. Hopefully, we’ll be together for the rest of our lives once we’re married, but anything can happen. We could end up needing to find a divorce attorney, but we’re hoping that we know each other well enough to stick this out! However, committing your life to someone else is a big deal, so it’s definitely something that both people need to be confident about. It would be horrible to fall out of love with the person you married, so make sure you both want to spend the rest of your lives together.

Do you have any wedding advice or remember seeing something at a wedding you’ve been to? I can’t wait to hear all about it, share it with me in the comments.


  1. LaVonndra Johnson June 6, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Beautiful venue Belle! I’m sure your nuptials will be nothing short of amazing. New York has definitely been good to you guys!

  2. Elyse June 6, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Hey my salad fixing friend 😉 !

    I adore your venue and church! Don’t let this time stress you out because you’re right– the most important thing is that you are marrying the love of your life! While the beauty really is in the details don’t let them overwhelm you! When I got married I made lists of the details that were most important. After I made the lists I split them into “big” and “small” based on how much space, money and attention each would take (also, how important they were in general). My big list included things like food, tables, drinks, entertainment (this was broad). My small list included ideas for decoration, photo booth, etc. (This got very specific). The big list was a must and I immediately worked on those so my budget would show me what I could do with the small. Once I did everything for the big list, I gave a rating to everything on my small list– 1-5 for cost, 1-10 for how much I really wanted it, 1-10 for how well it would fit into the space and 1-5 for my feeling on if guests would remember it. From there I added up the points, and took the small details with the most points and worked down until I ran out of budget. Kind of a tedious method but it really organized everything I could have ever seen on pinterest! While all this seems insane right now you will get through the! Just remember that it is your day and no one will notice if something isn’t there or goes wrong! It’s the start to your married life and even if your vendor forgets coffee cups (like mine did) it will still be a beautiful day that you and everyone will never forget. Oh, and there will always be other opinions trying to influence what you so. Don’t listen to them, it’s your and Bren’s day, do it how you want to!

  3. Jennifer Yates June 6, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I couldn’t be more excited!! I love you so much, Belle and Bren!! I can’t wait for the wedding!! ❤

  4. Tamara June 7, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    You must be so excited! The venue looks gorgeous!


    Tamra –

    • bsansone June 11, 2016 / 1:19 am

      Thank you so much Yuka!!

  5. Rae June 10, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! What an exciting time for both you and your fiance! The venue sounds amazing and it is wonderful that the Priest is open to doing a dual-faith wedding. Will your fiance also be doing anything for part of the service for his faith? My family is Jewish as well but many of our family members and family friends have married outside of the faith and they seem to always combine both religions beautifully in one really meaningful reception.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • bsansone June 11, 2016 / 1:18 am

      Thank you so so much!!! Yes we will be including a lot of Jewish traditions as well. His rabbi will be doing a blessing at dinner, he will break the glass, we will dance the hora and much more! It’s been such an interesting journey being in an interfaith relationship. We both plan on keeping our individual faiths. We just celebrate both! <3

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