READERS SHARE: Moments from their dream wedding day
NIKITA Whitcombe's white wedding dress is a far departure from her starch hospital robes.
The Rockhampton woman married the man of her dreams over the weekend; but the day was made even more special after her struggle with spina bifida.
Nikita's rare case saw a 48cm tumour develop inside her spinal cord and stretch around her hip.
At just 16 years old, doctors discovered a cyst on Nikita's brain, which can't yet be operated on.
As a result, she experiences constant nerve pain.
Nikita's wedding to Mick Baxter was more than just a special day; it was one she never thought she would see.
"It was amazing. When I saw Mick, that was it," Nikita said.
"I just managed to keep a dry eye, but dad was crying. He claimed he had something in his eye."
Nothing was spared on their big day, with Nikita even arriving at the ceremony in a helicopter.
"We had fireworks go off as we were announced as Mr and Mrs Baxter," Nikita said.
But it was seeing Nikita walk down the aisle that will really stick with Mick.
"I was just amazed - it was all just her. It was like there was no one else around," he said.
"I couldn't even tell you what guests were around in that moment.
"It was more than everything we imagined; I am still coming down from it."
The newlyweds are currently on their honeymoon at Daydream Island.
Talking on life as a new wife, Nikita said she didn't have any complaints, yet.