With a huge smile etched across her face, kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart's joy is plain to see as she is pictured for the first time with her new Scottish husband at their sunny Hawaiian wedding ceremony.
The 24-year-old looked absolutely stunning in a flowing white lace dress while husband Matthew Gilmour proudly showed off his family heritage in a tartan kilt topped off with a blue thistle.
The pair were married at a mormon ceremony at Laie Hawaii LDS temple but returned to their hotel where they had a second ceremony and more photographs on a lawn facing the ocean.
Happiness: Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart and new husband Matthew Gilmour pose for pictures after their Hawaiian wedding
Glowing: The couple had a mormon ceremony at Laie Hawaii LDS temple before returning to their hotel where they had a second ceremony and posed for photographs on the lawn
The couple, who met while on their missionary year in France, were accompanied by about 12 family members and very close friends.
Mrs Gilmour made headlines when she was found nine months after being kidnapped at knife-point when she was a young teen.
In accordance with the religion’s teachings, the actual ceremony itself can only be attended by fellow Mormons who have been given a ‘temple recommend’ sign-off, which essentially says that they are viewed in good standing with the church.
Traditionally, Mormon brides are allowed to wear their wedding dress in the temple for the ceremony, though without anything covering their face or head which meant that Ms Smart would have had to take off her beautiful, flowing lace veil.
Gown: Elizabeth looked stunning in a lace boat-necked dress with full drop-waist skirt while her new husband showed off his Scottish Heritage in a kilt and boutonnière with a blue thistle that had been specially flown in for the occasion
Plans: The couple, who met while on their missionary year in France, wanted to get married in the summer in Salt Lake City, but switched to Hawaii due to the massive amount of unexpected media attention
Speaking to People magazine about the significance of Hawaii as a location, Mrs Gilmour said: ‘I guess you could say it was kind of a refuge,’ Ms Smart told People magazine.
‘Oahu is a very special place for me, very different than what I was used to.’
After the ceremony, which took approximately 30-minutes, the celebration continued as the group- which only included 12 guests- went to the Turtle Bay Resort for the wedding luncheon.
The elegant lunch highlighted the cuisine of the region, as the group of immediate family and a select few close friends dined on island fish in mango-papaya salsa, Huli Huli chicken, teriyaki steak and roasted Molokai sweet potatoes.
Intimate ceremony: The pair were accompanied by about 12 family members and close friends on the Hawaiian island of Oahu
Mr Gilmour and Ms Smart then took a boat ride amid the beautiful Hawaiian surroundings as men in native garb rowed and played the uekelele.
That evening, the party continued at a luau where guests were treated to a buffet-style dinner of Lomi Lomi salmon and Kalua pig as well as some instructional hula dancing.
While the Hawaiian culture was seen throughout the day, Scottish customs were scattered throughout.
One such instance was the toast that Mr Gilmour gave at the luau, where he began with the traditional ‘On behalf of my wife and I’ introduction, which was met by a roar of cheers and clapping by the group.
Smitten: Matthew gives his new wife a tender kiss on the cheek as they share a private moment on the hotel lawn
Throughout the day, Ms Smart and Mr Gilmour continued wearing their wedding outfits.
The bride finally found her perfect dress- after trying ‘just about every dress in Utah’- off the rack at Kleinfelds bridal salon in New York.
She certainly isn’t the first would-be bride to have luck there: the store is the hub of activity on the TLC reality show Say Yes To The Dress.
In order to look appropriate on her wedding day, Ms Smart had the dress tulle dress retrofitted with lace sleeves and a demure neckline of scalloped lace.
Mr Gilmour represented his Scottish ancestry- and his father, who died in 2008 after a battle with cancer- by wearing his dad’s kilt.
‘I wasn’t surprised Elizabeth was ready before Matthew because there is a lot to putting on a kilt,’ his uncle Neville Henderson said.
Announcement: The first glance of her ring came on a February 1 appearance on Good Morning America where she told the world that she was due to marry Mr Gilmour
Reception: After the Temple ceremony, the wedding guests and happy couple had lunch at the Turtle Bay Resort
The groom’s mother Kay made sure to let the other men get in on the action, as she brought ties for Mr Henderson and Elizabeth’s father that matched the same tartan as his kilt.
Young love: The couple met while abroad on their missionary year in the south of France
Though their wedding was clearly a start of their new life together, the couple have visited each other’s hometowns and plan to settle in Salt Lake City where Mr Gilmour will attend university.
After their missionary year, the then-friends realized that they were bound for more and began dating.
The sparks really flew when she visited him in Scotland and they visited historic castles, getting a true sense of his heritage.
He followed suit by flying to Salt Lake City to spend time with her. While there, he asked for her father’s permission to propose, picked out the unique sapphire ring, and asked her the big question while they were out walking near her house.
‘The thing that attracted me the most-at the beginning and now- is how confident she is, especially considering everything she has been through,’ Mr Gilmour told People.
Venue: The couple married at the Laie Hawaii Temple, the first Mormon temple outside the U.S. mainland
Secret: The Hawaii wedding was planned just a week in advance thanks to intense media attention
The wasted no time planning after they were engaged, and while they originally wanted to get married in the summer in Salt Lake City, they switched to the Hawaiian option due to the massive amount of unexpected media attention.
Instead, they rushed to get everything together in less than a month after he proposed.
'Elizabeth's desire was for what most women want — to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends,' said family spokesman Chris Thomas.
'After the story broke about her engagement and the media became increasingly invasive, Elizabeth recognized it was going to be impossible to have a traditional wedding devoid of distractions and unusual challenges outside of her control.
Never forgotten: Miss Smart, now a 24-year-old university student, wiped tears from her eyes as she recounted the details of how Mitchell 'married' then raped her
Captors: Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee were both charged with various crimes for her kidnapping
'She decided…the best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of Utah.'
Though she has become an occasional ABC News contributor, Ms Smart has been wary of unwanted media attention since she first made headlines in 2002 when itinerant street preacher Brian David Mitchell broke into the Smart home and kidnapped her.
He and his wife Wanda Barzee held her for nine months, during which she was continuously raped and was even married to Mitchell in a bizarre ceremony.
In December, Ms Smart spoke out about the ordeal, saying: 'He went straight from marrying me to raping me. And after that moment I couldn't feel more worthless and more degraded. It was the worse feeling I could have ever felt.'
Going home: Elizabeth Smart with her mother Lois and police officers after being found close to her home nine months after she was abducted
He was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault and was sentenced to serve life in prison in May 2011.
Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in a Texas federal prison hospital for her role in the kidnapping of the girl.
Now, after testifying at their respective trials and even forgiving Mitchell of the atrocities he committed against her, she is determined to move on with her new life, accompanied by her husband throughout.
The couple were spotted on the Monday after their wedding, buying groceries at a local store while they enjoy their honeymoon at the same hotel that hosted their reception.
The National Enquirer quotes an insider as saying that they hope to start a family immediately and aim to have their first baby by their one-year anniversary.
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