How Elizabeth Smart Found the Perfect Wedding Gown

02/22/2012 at 01:30 PM ET

Elizabeth Smart Wedding Dress
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With just one month to plan her secret Hawaiian wedding, Elizabeth Smart had mere days to finalize details like flowers, a guest list … and her dress.

“I tried on just about every dress in Utah,” Smart tells PEOPLE. Frustrated, she hoped a quick cross-country trip would prove fruitful. “I was going to New York with my friend for the weekend and we thought, ‘Why don’t we just see if we can get into Kleinfeld’s and look around?'”

Miraculously, she scored an open appointment slot at the famed Manhattan bridal shop (featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress) — and found her dress, too. The Alita Graham gown — with lace sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and satin-covered buttons down the back — was an ideal fit for her nuptials.

“It was traditional, but still was different,” she explains. “I felt like it was just perfect.”

And while she did plan her dream wedding in record time, she also had to gloss over a few traditions. When asked if she chose “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” for her big day, the newlywed laughs. “Are you kidding?” she says. “There’s been no time!”

For more details and exclusive photos of Smart’s wedding — and to see what the groom wore, too! — pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

–Reporting by Alicia Dennis and Cathy Free

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What a sweet dress for a lovely young woman. Congratulations to her and her new husband. It’s amazing to see that she still has hope for the futur after her experience.

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Moonstar- it is a sweetheart neckline under the lace overlay. How refreshing- a dress that doesn’t show a ton of skin.

Cele on

I dont understand why this girl got a People cover. PLus she does NOT look good. Ugh…next!

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“Miraculously she scored an open appointment spot at kleinfelds”… Lol! You know they heard ‘Elizabeth Smart’ and boosted somebody out!! Wish her the best.

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I wish her the best… but obviously she is TOTALLY taking advantage of this, magazine covers, working for ABC… I mean if she really wishes to stay out of this she should be off TV and magazines like NOW!

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