A HONEYMOON couple married a week ago in Ripponden have been killed in a quad bike crash in the Maldives.
Jonathan and Emma Gray died in the horror smash on the paradise island of Kuredu just a week after they wed.
Their marriage was at St Bartholomew’s Church in the Pennine village and the couple were living in Halifax.
Emma, 25, of Sowerby Bridge, and Jonathan, in his late 20s, flew to the resort, popular with honeymoon Brits, after their church wedding.
It was also confirmed the couple had a young child who did not go on the honeymoon and was being looked after by a grandparent.
The pair were being given a lift back to the four-star Kuredu island Hotel and Spa early on Saturday when their bike, driven by a man who knew the island’s roads, ploughed into a tree. The driver was yesterday being treated at the islands’ ADK Male Hospital.
A guest who spoke to Emma and Jonathan during their stay said: “They were a fantastic couple, totally in love.
“They just seemed so happy to be with each other.”
Ripponden vicar Chris Wray, who took the service, said last night: “It was a very pleasant, happy occasion. They came across as a grand couple and very much in love”.
The day before her wedding, primary school teacher Emma told of her excitement. She wrote on Facebook: “Very excited and nervous about one of the biggest days of my life x a big thanks got everyone’s well wishes and support x cu soon.”
Their luxury honeymoon was at a family-friendly resort near the white sands of Kuredu’s beach. Tourism websites describe the idyllic island, on the stunning northern reef of Lhaviyani atoll, as famous for its beauty and abundant fish life.
Devastated relatives were last night coming to terms with the tragedy, just seven days after they watched the happy couple tie the knot.
The couple’s bodies are expected to be flown back to Britain this week.