After being kidnapped at knifepoint when she was only 14, Elizabeth Smart has been on and off in the media’s spotlight. Last time the news about her engagement with her Scottish fiancé went viral across the internet. Since we covered that, it only made sense to talk about one other important moment in her life: the wedding ceremony. On Saturday, Elizabeth Smart got married in Hawaii.
To begin with, it must be pointed out that the two lovebirds didn’t have patience to stay within the schedule. Their Hawaiian wedding came ahead of the scheduled date by months. According to People magazine, the secluded wedding will be extended into a honeymoon in an undisclosed location. But Hawaii is pretty close to an idyllic paradise, exactly the right place to enjoy a honeymoon.
Elizabeth Smart’s uncle, Tom, said that the wedding took place at a Mormon temple on the North Shore of Oahu. It was a private ceremony. Chris Thomas, family spokesman, said: “Elizabeth’s desire was for what most women want – to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends”. That’s why she, and we assume, her fiancé, took the decision one week ago to have the wedding earlier “to avoid significant distraction”.
According to Chris Thomas, the ceremony was simple, but the couple was “beaming”. After they got married, the bridal party moved to a reception and luau. “The bride and groom were beaming as they left the LDS Temple”, he said.
Ed Smart, the bride’s father seemed very happy his daughter got married. Ed told The Salt Lake Tribune: “we’re just thrilled that she’s married”, even though the ceremony was ahead of plans in what he called a “kind of a spur of a moment thing”.
The family spokesman, Thomas, said that Elizabeth’s wedding is proof that “it is possible to rise above challenging circumstances to lead a happy and productive life. Once Elizabeth returns from her honeymoon, she looks forward to continuing her child advocacy work”.
Elizabeth Smart was a victim of kidnapping at age 14. She was held captive for nine months by a street preacher, Brian David Mitchell. According to her statements, during the nine months she was forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell and endured daily rapes.