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Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at the age of 14 from her home in Utah and held captive for 9 months, got married to her boyfriend Saturday in a private ceremony in Hawaii.
Smart and her new husband Matthew Gilmour met during a mission trip in Europe for their church. According to People Magazine, the two exchanged vows at a mormon temple overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Oahu. Smart's spokesman Chris Thomas said in a statement that the couple was joined by a small group of close family.
Her spokesperson told People,"To be in one of her favorite places with her family has made for a dream wedding," Thomas said. "It's been an absolutely beautiful day. She is positively radiant. And Matthew couldn't be happier."
After the wedding, Smart and Gilmour left for an "extended honeymoon" in an unknown location. According to Reuters, the two originally planned to marry sometime during the summer, but because of the massive media attention Smart and her impending nuptials were attracting, the couple decided to push the date up and have the ceremony in secret.
"The best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of Utah," Thomas said.
Since Smart's kidnapping in 2002, she has advocated for missing children and contributes to ABC News on missing persons stories. Her kidnapper was convicted in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison; Smart described her time being held captive as "9 months of hell" when she testifed during the trial.