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Cate Edwards, daughter of Elizabeth and John Edwards, arrives with bridesmaids for her wedding on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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updated 10/24/2011 1:10:34 PM ET 2011-10-24T17:10:34

Cate Edwards, daughter of former presidential candidate John Edwards and the late Elizabeth Edwards, married Trevor Upham on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday, People.com reported.

The couple were college sweethearts at Princeton University. Cate Edwards, 29, is a lawyer. Upham, 30, is a surgical fellow at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.

The wedding was at United Methodist Church. People.com said the reception was held at the Edwards home, with a rock-and-roll dance band hired by Upham, who used to book party bands when he was in college.

Cate Edwards' family has been torn by scandal and tragedy. Her late mother, Elizabeth, died in December of breast cancer at age 61 , less than two weeks after the couple became engaged.

“I feel so lucky to have shared that joy with her, to have had the time to leaf through bridal magazines together and talk about the wedding,” Ms. Edwards wrote in an article for the November issue of Glamour magazine. “I feel blessed because, in her last weeks, she told me she was comforted to know I’d set forth on my own life path, with someone she loved and respected, and with whom she truly believed I would be happy.”

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By then, Elizabeth Edwards had been separated from John Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, who had an affair during the campaign that produced a daughter. He faces federal criminal charges of violating campaign finance laws in a trial set for January.

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Cate Edwards and Trevor Upham broke up for two years before getting together for good in 2006, The New York Times said in a report about the wedding.

“We wanted to see what else was out there, and nothing else was — nothing else as good as what we have,” Ms. Edwards told Harper’s Bazaar in 2007. “It’s really nice to have someone who was there before all this began. You can really trust they’re there for the right reasons.”

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  1. Cate Edwards, daughter of Elizabeth and John Edwards, arrives with bridesmaids for her wedding on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Here comes the bride

    Cate Edwards makes her way into the United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. with flower girls and bridesmaids, including her sister Emma, right. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cate Edwards leaves the church with her new husband, Trevor Upham, escorted by police officer and friends, after their wedding on Saturday, Oct.22 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Wedding party

    Members of the wedding party, including Cate's 13-year-old sister Emma, who served as maid of honor, leave the church after the ceremony. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Reception time

    Groom Trevor Upham gets into the limousine after the ceremony. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Longtime friend of Elizabeth Edwards, Jennifer Palmieri, and her husband, Jim Lyons, arrive at church for the wedding of Cate Edwards. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Family and friends

    The guests gather on the steps of the United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C., after the wedding. (Cheryl Gottschall) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Cate Edwards takes cue from mom

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    >>> ever since her mother, elizabeth edwards died of breast cancer , kate edwards has devoted her life to helping others with the disease. it's a journey she spoke about with andrea mitchell who recently revealed she, too, has breast cancer .

    >> reporter: before dawn in washington, 29-year-old kate edwards is starting a three-day, 60-mile walk for breast cancer research , honoring her mother, elizabeth.

    >> we talked about it doing it together. her outlook was nothing was impossible. she never gave up hope. even in her last week of life, she never gaim gave up hope that a cure could be out there and that she could beat this thing.

    >> reporter: now kate , a graduate of princeton and harvard law is embarking on another journey, quitting the law to create a foundation in her mother's name.

    >> it's going to be a program for young high schoolers through early college that will provide resources to kids who show a lot of potential but don't necessarily have the resources that they need to be successful. that would be exactly what my mom would do, first of all, just to make something really positive out of something difficult.

    >> is she with you in a lot of ways?

    >> absolutely. big choices that i make, little choices that i make. sort of everything i do, i hear her voice, the same way i did when she was alive.

    >> as her father fights charges he used campaign funds to cover up an affair. kate was at his side.

    >> that was an important show of support to the outside world .

    >> we've always been there for each other in tough times and in good sometimes and we've always been close as a family. my mom always talked about the people you surround yourself with, the people who you can lean on are the most important people.

    >> reporter: at elizabeth's funeral last december, kate read a letter her mother left for the children.

    >> i hope you will always know that, wherever i am, wherever you are, i will always have my arms wrapped around you.

    >> reporter: next month, when kate marries her long time boyfriend --

    >> we talked a lot about the wedding and a lot of the details, and i'll be thinking about her a lot on that day.

    >> reporter: she promised elizabeth edwards will have her arms wrapped around her daughter ever step of the way.

    >> i think she would be making her mother quite proud.

    >> she would. she's had to grow up quickly and publicly, but she's done so with such grace.

Timeline: Timeline: Elizabeth Edwards

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