The daughter of Sheffield organist Alan Greaves, murdered on his way to church last Christmas, has ended her year in happier circumstances by getting married.
Emma Greaves, aged 38, the eldest daughter of Maureen and Alan Greaves, married David Marshall, 40, at St Saviour’s Church in High Green last Saturday, surrounded by family and friends.
The wedding took place a year and a day after her father Alan Greaves lost his fight for life.
He was brutally attacked on Christmas Eve 2012 as he made his way to the same church to play the organ at a midnight service, and died in hospital on December 27.
Emma, a South Yorkshire Police call handler, and her new husband, who is a chef, live in Meersbrook.
The service was followed by a reception organised by the couple and their families at St Saviour’s Church Hall.
Proud mother-of-the-bride Maureen said: “This time last year after Alan died we came together as a family and our grief was great. This year we came together as a family and it was a lovely, happy day for us.
“We spent the anniversary of Alan’s death in the church hall getting everything ready for the wedding - it was very therapeutic.”
Maureen said the couple, who have their own allotment, grew almost all the ingredients for their wedding breakfast themselves including the wine.
They are planning to go on honeymoon in February to see the Northern Lights in Norway.
Maureen has thanked those who made donations to Alan’s Appeal - a Star-backed campaign to boost the food bank and shop set up by the couple in the weeks before Alan’s death.
Reflecting on her year, Maureen said: “The end of the year has been extremely mixed for me.
“We had a wonderful response to the appeal with donations of food flooding in. We had a lovely Christmas Day with all the family coming together to go to church and then eat dinner and play games. Then we went straight into preparations for the lovely wedding day.
“But Christmas Eve was very hard.
“For us that was the day Alan died, as he never regained consciousness after that.
“I had a very lonely walk down to the church on Christmas Eve for the memorial service, thinking about Alan.
“It was emotional as this time last year he was so happy and looking forward to Christmas.”