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“Nothing Weird About It”: Bride Makes Her Own Wedding Cake The Morning Of The Ceremony
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“Nothing Weird About It”: Bride Makes Her Own Wedding Cake The Morning Of The Ceremony

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Many brides want to have everything planned down to the last detail before their big day, minimizing last-minute inconveniences and unforeseen situations that could cause headaches before walking down the aisle.

Others, however, have surprisingly shown a more laid-back attitude, such as Kristina Hartley, who made her own wedding cake the morning of the day she said “I do” and prepped some components the day before.

Highlights
  • Kristina Hartley made her own wedding cake the morning of her big day.
  • The bride mentioned that she baked some components of the three-tier cake the day before her wedding and had spent weeks practicing the recipe.
  • The newlyweds assembled the cake live as a symbolic gesture of their union.

The Southern California resident shared a clip of herself frosting the white cake in the kitchen after her hair was styled for the ceremony.

“POV: everyone thinks you’re crazy for making your own wedding cake on your wedding morning,” wrote the 26-year-old bride in the video posted on June 6.

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

Speaking with Newsweek, Kristina explained that she finds baking “really calming,” and she got some of the work done for the three-tier cake in advance, baking two of the tiers the day before.

“I assembled the individual tiers on the wedding morning and finished the frosting shortly before leaving for the ceremony,” she said.

“I knew that I wanted to make my own wedding cake as a way to show our guests that I love them and care for them.

“Everyone, besides my husband, told me not to bake my own cake, and many people thought I was crazy for doing it.”

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The 26-year-old treated her guests to a homemade, three-tier wedding cake, which she made the morning of the ceremony

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

Kristina, who started baking with her grandmother as a young girl, had practiced the recipe in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. However, the focus was less on the cake tasting and looking perfect and more on the original idea that she would surprise her guests with it.

In another part of the viral clip, the bride showed how she assembled the cake with her husband in front of their loved ones “as an entertaining experience” but also as a “symbolic [gesture of them] creating something new together.”

The bride and groom surprised their loved ones by assembling and frosting the cake live as a symbolic gesture of them “creating something new together”

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

“I knew that no matter how it turned out, it would taste good, and our guests would enjoy the experience of assembling it live. Enjoy the process and embrace any imperfections—that is what will make your wedding day the best,” she said.

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The 26-year-old tied the knot on February 17 and said she would bake the same cake on the day of their anniversary.

“POV: everyone thinks you’re crazy for making your own wedding cake on your wedding morning,” wrote the bride

@kristinaamandahartley would you make your own wedding cake? #wedding #weddingtiktok #weddingday #weddingcake #diybride #2024bride ♬ L’amore dice ciao (From “La matriarca – The Libertine”) – Main Titles – Armando Trovajoli

People congratulated the bride on her decision to treat her guests to a homemade cake, especially considering the concept behind it. One person wrote, “This is so cute! I love it when there are non-traditional things at weddings. It makes it more personal and not just the rehearsed same old thing!”

“Enjoy the process and embrace any imperfections—that is what will make your wedding day the best,” Kristina said

Image credits: Kristina Amanda Hartley

“I cooked for my wedding! Nothing weird about it!” another person shared.

“I made a cheesecake for our wedding! My grandma hated the idea to the point that my grandpa was trying to give me money under the table. Seeing it now makes me so happy I did what I wanted,” a third person chimed in. 

“A homemade cake is more personal and made with love,” someone else commented, while a separate user added, “Congratulations on your wedding. I love baking myself and know the feeling of satisfaction when DIY. Wish you all the happiness in the world.”

People praised Kristina’s “beautiful and sentimental” idea

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Vinnie
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is lovely, including the couple working together on the cake. <3

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Historyharlot93
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of modern bride does this? I bet she let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses and do their own hair, nails and makeup too! I bet she didn’t cry because no one hosted her engagement party, wedding shower, lingerie shower, and deluxe spa day. I’m guessing her no good friends didn’t attend any of her multiple dress fittings, or plan a weeklong bachelorette trip to Ibiza or Cancun either. Making her own cake because she wants the day to be special for her guests, who she actually loves, and not treating it as the most important day of her life, her fairytale day, her day where it was illegal for anyone to pay attention to anyone else because it would steal her thunder? I bet she didn’t even melt down once. Seriously, this is the sweetest story. But it’s kind of messed up that a story about a happy couple who had a wedding day they devoted to family and friends, a real celebration of a marriage, makes the news because it’s an aberration.

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Jessica Bertram
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I made my cakes the day before my wedding: 1. mocha cake with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream (the difficult cooked buttercream!) 2. Lemon poppyseed poundcake with homemade lemon curd and vanilla butter cream (also cooked) 3. Baklava with orange and rosewater 4. Buttermilk spice cake with warm peach sauce (it was august so i blanched and pureed peaches) 5. Cheesecake with creme fraiche and berries. It was the best dessert table ever, and launched many commissions for my baking :)

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ElfVibratorGlitter
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3 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are you from Pittsburgh by chance? I had never heard of a dessert table until I went to a wedding just outside Pittsburgh and learned it's a big deal.

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Vinnie
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is lovely, including the couple working together on the cake. <3

historyharlot93 avatar
Historyharlot93
Community Member
3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of modern bride does this? I bet she let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses and do their own hair, nails and makeup too! I bet she didn’t cry because no one hosted her engagement party, wedding shower, lingerie shower, and deluxe spa day. I’m guessing her no good friends didn’t attend any of her multiple dress fittings, or plan a weeklong bachelorette trip to Ibiza or Cancun either. Making her own cake because she wants the day to be special for her guests, who she actually loves, and not treating it as the most important day of her life, her fairytale day, her day where it was illegal for anyone to pay attention to anyone else because it would steal her thunder? I bet she didn’t even melt down once. Seriously, this is the sweetest story. But it’s kind of messed up that a story about a happy couple who had a wedding day they devoted to family and friends, a real celebration of a marriage, makes the news because it’s an aberration.

jessica-bertram1 avatar
Jessica Bertram
Community Member
3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I made my cakes the day before my wedding: 1. mocha cake with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream (the difficult cooked buttercream!) 2. Lemon poppyseed poundcake with homemade lemon curd and vanilla butter cream (also cooked) 3. Baklava with orange and rosewater 4. Buttermilk spice cake with warm peach sauce (it was august so i blanched and pureed peaches) 5. Cheesecake with creme fraiche and berries. It was the best dessert table ever, and launched many commissions for my baking :)

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ElfVibratorGlitter
Community Member
3 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are you from Pittsburgh by chance? I had never heard of a dessert table until I went to a wedding just outside Pittsburgh and learned it's a big deal.

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