A bride was left devastated on her big day after cutting into her wedding cake to find it had gone mouldy.
Rachael Goodman, 18, and hubby-to-be Chris, 24, spent £115 on their dream three-tier sponge cake.
But after they tied the knot at Sporting Lodge in Thornaby, Teeside, they struggled to cut into it.
And when staff took it away to cut, they were horrified to discover what appeared to be mould.
Rachael, who is mum to 17-month-old Lillie Jane, told the Gazette: "The manager called my mother-in-law in to see the cake and she came out of the kitchen sobbing."
"I went into the kitchen to see it and ran outside and broke down in tears."
"My husband was crying because he knew I was going to be absolutely devastated."
The couple had decided to cut the cake as soon as the evening reception arrived but the upset that ensued threatened to ruin their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.
She said: “I had to concentrate on making the first dance as special as I could without having to break down in floods of tears again."
Staff at Sporting Lodge saved the day by going out and buying three replacement cakes.
But despite the “lovely” gesture, Rachael says the embarrassing event still put a dampener on the day.
“The first half of the day had been fantastic, but after seeing the cake it just wasn’t the same.”
After contacting Many Barber's Cakes Of Elegance, where the cake was made, Rachael received a message of apology from her via Facebook which read: "I am so sorry about your cake and feel I have let you down."
"I have never had any problems before with mouldy cakes, as they are made fresh and not frozen and your cake was made on Thursday."
"All I can say is I am sorry and I will give you a full refund as soon as possible."
She then requested Rachael’s bank details to be sent via text.
The Gazette has made several attempts to contact Mandy Barber but has so far received no response.