Elizabeth Smart Marries in Hawaii

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Elizabeth Smart, the young woman who was kidnapped from her Utah home at the age of 14 and held captive for nine months, married her Scottish fiance in Hawaii over the weekend.

Smart and her new husband Matthew Gilmour moved their wedding date up by several months after news of her engagement drew widespread media attention.

Family spokesman Chris Thomas said Smart decided just a week ago to move the wedding date. On Saturday, February 19, Smart and Gilmour married in a small ceremony at a Mormon template on Oahu’s North Shore. The couple met in Paris during a Mormon mission trip.


Ed Smart, Elizabeth’s father, told The Salt Lake Tribune he’s “thrilled” his daughter is married.

Smart, 24, is in her last year at Brigham Young University. Following her honeymoon, Smart will return to class and continue her work with the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which she formed in an effort to help prevent children from abuse.

“Her wedding further demonstrates it is possible to rise above challenging circumstances to lead a happy and productive life,” Thomas said.

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