A couple who postponed their wedding after being told their seriously-ill baby girl may not be alive to see them walk down the aisle have finally tied the knot - as their smiling daughter watched on.

Vicky and Martin Carter's big day on Saturday was also the first time in almost 13 weeks that little Evie had been well enough to leave hospital.

The family, who are from Stalybridge in Tameside, have been staying at Ronald McDonald House since May while the youngster undergoes treatment on Ward 77 at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

It is the third time they've been looked after by the charity, having spent six months there after Evie was born.

The toddler suffers from several serious conditions that affect her bowels and bladder and has undergone a number of operations.

 
Evie has been on Ward 77 at RMCH since May. Nurses and bridemaids got her ready for the wedding.

When Evie was five-years-old she became critically ill - and her parents were told to prepare for the worse.

But incredibly, the IVF baby defied the odds. She pulled through and this weekend joined her mum and dad in celebrating their wedding day.

Vicky got ready at Ronald McDonald House - which is just across the road from RMCH - while one of her bridesmaids and nursing staff helped Evie into her dress on Ward 77. One of the nurses even went and did the bridal party's make-up.

Vicky leaving Ronald McDonald House for the ceremony

They were then picked up at the House by the wedding cars and taken to St Paul's Church in Stalybridge for the ceremony.

"It was an incredible day," Vicky said.

She explained that Evie was an IVF baby, and that she and Martin, both 39, had been planning their big day before she discovered she was pregnant.

 

The English and music teacher's pregnancy was full of complications and she gave birth to her daughter 11 weeks early after going into premature labour while out Christmas tree shopping in November 2017.

She weighed just 2lb 7oz.

Ronald McDonald House on Hathersage Road in Manchester

"We had planned to get married over August Bank Holiday last year (2018), but when Evie was about five-weeks she became seriously ill with a condition called Necrotising Enterocolitis and we were sat down by three surgeons who told us that we should probably begin to say our goodbyes. They didn't expect her to last a couple of hours but she did.

"We knew was touch-and-go for a few months after that and that's when we should have been organising things.

Vicky getting ready for the ceremony

"We decided to postpone - if Evie didn't pull through we didn't want to have to think about sorting wedding stuff, and if she did then we needed to focus on her, not planning a wedding."

Almost 12 months to the day of their postponed wedding, Martin and Vicky finally tied the knot.

"It was still very traditional, despite not being at home," Vicky added.

"Martin stayed at the hospital the night before, and I was at Ronald McDonald House so we didn't see each other.

"My bridesmaids came to get ready with me, we had a mobile hairdresser and a nurse from Ward 77 did our make-up - it was really lovely.

"Ronald McDonald House really has been amazing with us - if it hadn't have been for them over the last few years then everything would have been so much harder.

The couple seal the deal with a kiss

"It is a amazing charity and we can't thank everyone enough for everything they have done.

"The hospital as well has been incredible, the staff on Ward 77 - they even through me a hen do!

"A lot of the organising and planning was done on the ward and at Ronald McDonald House so for them to be part of it was really special."

The family are continuing to fundraise for the charity - anyone wanting to donate can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-carter9