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Shock over bride who baked her own wedding cake on the morning of the ceremony

While the morning of a wedding is a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be a little chaotic and stressful. With so many people rushing around getting ready, there’s barely a moment left before the ceremony finally takes place.

Well, that’s true for most wedding parties. But not for Kristina Hartley, who found time to bake her own wedding cake while she was getting ready to walk down the aisle. The idea may frighten or amaze others, but the 26-year-old told Newsweek that she finds baking “really calming,” so what better way to escape her nerves on the big day?

Hartley, who lives in Southern California, always knew she wanted to make her own three-tier wedding cake because she has always loved baking. She baked two of the tiers the day before, so all she had to do during wedding preparations was apply the frosting and assemble the cake.

“I knew I wanted to make my own wedding cake to show our guests that I loved and cared for them,” Hartley said. “Everyone except my husband told me not to make my own cake, and many people thought I was crazy for doing it.”

Bride bakes wedding cake
Kristina Hartley works on her wedding cake before her wedding last February. While she was preparing for the ceremony, all that was left was to apply the frosting and assemble the cake.

@kristinaamandahartley / TikTok

“I assembled the layers on the wedding morning and finished frosting just before leaving for the ceremony,” she continued. “My husband and I always wanted to assemble the cake in front of the guests as a fun experience, but it was also a symbol of us creating something new together.”

Fortunately for the bride, who married on February 17, the cake did not delay her preparations for the ceremony. She was very happy that she baked it despite other people’s protests and “many expectations”.

She did a lot of test runs in the weeks leading up to her wedding so she knew exactly what to expect when making her showstopper.

“I knew that no matter how it turned out, it would taste good and that our guests would enjoy putting it together live. Enjoy the process and embrace all the imperfections – that’s what makes your wedding day the most beautiful,” Hartley said.

She is thrilled with her creation and now plans to bake the same wedding cake every year to celebrate the anniversary.

How did TikTok react?

Hartley loves sharing wedding content on TikTok (@kristinaamandahartley), and of course she couldn’t resist showing off her handmade wedding cake. On June 6, she posted a video of herself decorating the cake after getting her hair and makeup done.

The video surprised many TikTok users and garnered more than 2.4 million views and over 209,100 likes within a few days.

“Most of the reactions have been positive, but of course with anything posted on the internet there is always negativity,” Hartley said. Newsweek.

“The best advice I ever received was to accept and embrace all the things that don’t go as expected. I would have loved to smooth the frosting one last time and put some flowers on top. But that would have taken too long since we were assembling the cake live, and to be honest I forgot about it by the time we had eaten the first piece of cake anyway.”

The viral video has garnered a lot of attention online, with many people praising Hartley for doing something unconventional ahead of her big day. Among the 340 comments on TikTok, one person wrote: “Oh it’s like the first thing you build together as a married couple!”

Another person replied, “I baked my cake too, but I stacked it the night before! I’m so glad I did.”

Another comment reads, “This is so sweet! I love when there are non-traditional things at weddings. It makes it more personal and not just the same old thing!”

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