Elizabeth Smart Is Engaged
01/20/2012 AT 04:45 PM EST
Smart, 24, who was kidnapped from her home in 2002 at age 14, is engaged to be married, her father Ed Smart confirms to PEOPLE.
"We're very excited for her," Ed said Friday. "She told us at home last Saturday. I wasn't really surprised. They've been very happy together. We're just thrilled. We're looking forward to her moving on to this next stage and leading a very happy life."
Ed, who is staying mum on wedding details – including the groom’s name – says Elizabeth "wants to keep it very private and feels very strongly about that right now."
Although Ed won't provide any details about his daughter’s fiancé except that he is "a very nice man," the Salt Lake Tribune reports that wedding registries online at Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn list a July 1 wedding date for an Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour in Utah.
Chris Thomas, a rep for Elizabeth, says he can't confirm the wedding date or the name of Smart's fiancé, but says, "I know they're looking at a summer wedding. They're still in the process of planning the wedding, and there are a lot of details to still be worked out."
Thomas also emphasized Smart's desire for privacy. "She's going to be very public in her child advocacy work, but has decided she wants to keep her personal life private," he said.