Elizabeth Smart weds

With a quick engagement, Elizabeth Smart and fiancee married February 18.

WRITTEN BY: Jalesa Hall
Elizabeth Smart shakes hands with former president George Bush in 2003.
Image Source: White House photographer via Wikimedia Commons
Elizabeth Smart shakes hands with former president George Bush in 2003.

Elizabeth Smart and fiancée Matthew Allan Gilmour decided to void a media frenzy surrounding their wedding and wed February 18, according to Hollywood Life.

Elizabeth told "People" that she “couldn’t be happier.”

Elizabeth and Matthew finalized their love with a traditional Mormon ceremony at the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii with close friends and family.

The destination was not chosen for its exotic location or beautiful scenery. Oahu is where Elizabeth came to reunite with her family after being kidnapped in 2002.

Elizabeth told "People," “Oahu is a very special place for me, very different than what I was used to. I guess you could say it was kind of a refuge.”

10 years ago, Smart was taken from her own bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah by Brian Mitchell David. Nine months went by before she was finally rescued. Smart was 14 at the time.

The advocate for children’s safety met Matthew in Paris, France in January of 2009. He says that he knew she was “the one” from the beginning.

“I’d known for a long time that I was in love with her. The thing that attracted me the most to her-at the beginning and now- is how confident she is, especially considering everything she has gone through,” Matthew said.

Elizabeth insists that the wedding was traditional with her wearing a white-laced Alita Graham dress and Matthew wearing a kilt.

At the end of the night, Elizabeth closed the ceremony with this statement:
“Nine years ago I said I was the luckiest girl in the world. I definitely feel that way today. Spending my wedding with the people I love the most has been unbelievable. I love you all. Aloha.”

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