Surprise! Elizabeth Smart ties the knot

Feb 20, 2012 at 6:30 a.m. ET

Elizabeth Smart is now a married woman! The 24-year-old activist married Matthew Gilmour on Saturday in Hawaii. Find out how she fooled the media.

Elizabeth Smart marries in Hawaii

Elizabeth Smart managed to do something very few public figures can do these days: Avoid the media and marry without fanfare. The 24-year-old kidnapping survivor married in Hawaii on Saturday with her family in tow.

Smart and her now-husband, Matthew Gilmour, were planning an April wedding in Utah. However, they changed their minds after the news went public – and details of their wedding registry were published in the Salt Lake City Tribune.

"Elizabeth's desire was for what most women want – to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends," Smart's rep said in a statement. "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. 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."

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The Brigham Young University graduate is working with human advocacy groups and contemplating law school, according to reports. Naturally, her career choices were influenced by her 2002 abduction. She was taken from her home by a self-professed "prophet," Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Eileen Barzee. The couple came to know the Smart family after he was hired to do some day labor at their house.

"I was shocked. I thought I was having a nightmare. It was just indescribable fear," Smart testified during Mitchell's 2010 trial.

"I remember him saying that I have a knife to your neck, don't make a sound, get out of bed and come with me or I will kill you and your family," she added.

Terrifying. She definitely deserves her happiness!

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