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Elizabeth Smart marries in Hawaii

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See the wedding photographs in People Magazine.

LAIE, Hawaii — Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour were married Saturday on the North Shore of the island of Oahu.

The couple exchanged vows at the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in front of a small group of immediate family members, according to a statement released by Smart family spokesman Chris Thomas.

The wedding party was celebrated at a private reception and luau. Following Saturday’s festivities, the couple planned to leave on an extended honeymoon to an undisclosed location.

“Elizabeth Smarts’s desire was for what most women want — to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends,” Thomas said.

When the couple became engaged just last month, they made plans to get married this summer. But the couple recently decided the move the date up by several months.

“After the story broke about her engagement and the media became increasingly invasive, Elizabeth Smartrecognized it was going to be impossible to have a traditional wedding devoid of distractions and unusual challenges outside of her control,” Thomas said. “She decided, about a week ago, the best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of Utah.”

Gilmour, of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Smart met while she was serving an LDS mission in France.

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By Jasen Lee     February 18th, 2012 @ 7:13pm