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Originally posted 02/22/2012 08:00AM
A modern-day fairy tale complete with a beautiful heroine and a dashing Scottish Prince Charming, came to life on Saturday on the North shore of Oahu, Hawaii, as Elizabeth Ann Smart married her boyfriend of one year, Matthew Gilmour in an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends.
In this week's cover story, PEOPLE shares exclusive photographs of the radiant bride and happy groom, their wedding party and evening luau – as well as exclusive details of how they met and how he proposed, the wedding day preparations and the reasons Smart chose the breathtaking shores of Oahu for her celebration.
"They are clearly besotted with each other, and it's a wonderful thing to see," the groom's mother, Kay Gilmour, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 02/21/2012 07:30AM
The Hawaiian wind in their hair, newlyweds Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour stepped out after tying the knot in a private ceremony there.
The young couple wed Saturday "in one of her favorite places," her spokesman tells PEOPLE, adding that having her family there made it "a dream wedding."
Smart, 24, who was kidnapped from her home in 2002 at age 14, has been involved with 22-year-old Gilmour, of Scotland, for about a year. They met in France when they were both doing Mormon mission work a couple years ago.
Originally posted 02/20/2012 08:00AM
While the average bride spends about 250 hours planning a wedding, Elizabeth Smart proved she is definitely not average, finalizing her wedding plans in record time.
Smart, 24, and Matthew Gilmour, 22, who have dated for a year, were engaged just last month. Smart initially expected to have a summer wedding but moved the date up two weeks ago.
"It's everything you can imagine with planning a wedding," Smart tells PEOPLE exclusively. "Only, it's compressed into a few days."
Originally posted 02/18/2012 06:30PM
Elizabeth Smart began a jubilant new chapter in her life Saturday – as a beaming bride.
"To be in one of her favorite places with her family has made for a dream wedding. It's been an absolutely beautiful day,'' her spokesperson, Chris Thomas, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"She is positively radiant. And Matthew couldn’t be happier."
Smart, 24, exchanged vows with her boyfriend of one year, Matthew Gilmour, 22, in a private ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Hawaii.
Originally posted 01/20/2012 04:45PM
Elizabeth Smart is getting her happy ending.
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."
Originally posted 10/18/2011 01:35PM
Now helping other kidnap victims with her foundation and in her role as an ABC News contributor covering missing person and child abduction cases, Elizabeth Smart was in Los Angeles Monday for the 6th annual Squeaky Wheel Tour kickoff, to help raise awareness on the 11th anniversary of singer-songwriter Gina Bos's disappearance in Nebraska.
The tour has drawn attention to thousands of missing persons and the organization's founder, Bos's sister Janelle Rap, claims their joint efforts with artists, media and law enforcement have helped lead to the discovery of more than 1,000 missing persons.
Attending Monday's event at the guitar store West LA Music with her father, Ed Smart, before returning to her classes at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Elizabeth, 23, spoke to PEOPLE about, among various topics, missing children. "There's always hope," she said. "There's my story, there's Jayceee Dugard's story and Shawn Hornbeck.
She also discussed the child safety education program radKIDS and her own Elizabeth Smart Foundation – as well as a Missouri missing child case currently making national headlines, that of Baby Lisa.
Originally posted 07/07/2011 12:15PM
Nearly a decade ago, Elizabeth Smart, then 14 years old, was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom inside her family's Salt Lake City. Utah, home. Nine months later she was found alive.
Now, Smart, 23, will help other kidnapping victims and their families as an ABC News contributor, focusing on missing person and child abduction cases.
"She'll help our viewers better understand missing person stories from someone with the perspective to know what a family experiences when a loved one goes missing," ABC News spokesperson Julie Townsend tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 06:35PM
Elizabeth Smart faced her kidnapper at his sentencing Wednesday, saying he will have answer for his sins in the next life.
"I don't have much to say to you," said Smart, 23, in a Salt Lake City courtroom. "I know that you know what you did was wrong ... You did it with full knowledge. But I want you to know that I have a wonderful life."
Brian David Mitchell showed no sign that he heard her. Instead, he sang "Oh Come, Emmanuel" during Smart's victim's statement.
Originally posted 12/10/2010 05:55PM
Just a few hours after Brian David Mitchell was found guilty of kidnapping her, Elizabeth Smart stood confidently outside the courthouse and praised the verdict.
"It's a wonderful day," Smart, wearing a green and black dress and pearls, said outside Salt Lake City's Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse Friday. "I'm so thrilled to be here, so thrilled with the verdict. Most of all, I stand before the people of America to give hope to other victims who have not spoken out about what has happened to them."
Mitchell, 57, was convicted of kidnapping Smart when she was 14 and subjecting her to a terrifying nine-month ordeal. He faces possible life in prison for kidnapping for transporting a child across state lines for sexual purposes. He's due to be sentenced in May 2011.
Prosecutor Diana Hagen credited Smart's powerful testimony during the trial as a major factor in the jury's decision, and Smart in turn gave a nod to authorities.
Originally posted 12/10/2010 01:30PM
Brian David Mitchell was convicted on Friday of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart and subjecting her to a terrifying nine-month ordeal.
Seven years after he abducted her from her Utah bedroom, a jury in a federal court in Salt Lake City rendered a guilty verdict.
Mitchell, 57, who was convicted on federal kidnapping charges and on charges of transporting a child across state lines for sexual purposes, faces a possible life sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 25, 2011.
As Mitchell was led into the courtroom to hear the verdict, he was singing "The Great Redeemer Died," as he often does. He didn't stop singing and showed no visible emotion when the verdict was read.
Elizabeth Smart, 23, took her seat next to her parents, Ed and Lois, and her sister, Mary Katherine. After the verdict was read, there was a look of triumph on Elizabeth's face, as she hugged her parents.
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