by: Lauren

Wow what a WEEK we had last week! I couldn’t post my normal post without commenting on it, and hopefully getting all of your help with something! Last week there was a huge, worldwide celebration of love– the Royal Wedding. Yes, I woke up a little early and watched, yes it was all so sweet, but no, you really won’t see me doing full-out posts about it. And then last night the news about the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was awesome and definitely deserves a celebration. My thoughts immediately went to my brother and his friends serving, and how they were most definitely celebrating, which I confirmed with texts from my brother filled with excited profane language. And then of course to why everything started nearly 10 years ago, and the heartbreak that our whole country experienced. After all of the excitement settled, I started remembering that there are many other terrorists out there, and this is just one. So please, if you live in a big city (and I know many of you do), be careful and alert!

With all of that said and all the good, exciting things out of the way, I’m on to devastation. The string of tornadoes that hit the south last week was unimaginable. I’m so thankful that my friends who were in the area are okay, but there are many other people who are not. All weekend, I’ve had this want to help in someway. I’ve been trying to think of what little old me could do to help those affected by the tornadoes. And then I saw a wedding planner’s tweet about a blog post of hers. And I knew I just HAD to share it with you all so we could help. So please, watch this quick little message from Kelly McWilliams…

Kelly McWilliams Service Announcement from iheART Films on Vimeo.

More from Kelly:

The images in the video are real, and they are 1st hand images from what is left of her home.  Her wedding jewelery, to her red wedding boots, to the ladies handkerchiefs and doilies she had been collecting were all taken away with the Tuscaloosa Tornado.

First, if you can, please donate to the American Red Cross.  There are so many thousands of people who need shelter, support, and food.  Secondly, if you have the ability to help us to create Martha’s Southern Heirloom wedding and be some light in the midst of this tragedy, we would love to have your help.  I know how amazingly generous the wedding industry is, and this is hopefully a way we can all reach out and make one brides wedding wonderful despite the devastation.

Here are the “southern” items we are looking to gather and/or replace for her summer wedding:

Mason Jars
Vintage Handkerchiefs
Tin or Galvanized Buckets
Dried Hydrangea
Watering Cans
Lanterns (Metal, Glass & Paper)
Wooden Wedding Signs
Cloth Doilies
Blue Ribbon
Cast Iron Skillets
Small Iron Buckets
Woven Baskets
Lace Panels & Antique Linens
Water Jars
Hay Stacks
Antique Silver platters
Vintage Hankies
Antique vases
Vintage Chargers
Blue & White Bandanas

Items can be sent to:
Weddings by Socialites
Attn: Southern Heirloom Wedding
5971 Silver King Blvd, No. 207
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Please be sure to include your name and return address so that we can offer a proper southern thank you.
For more information, please feel free to contact us by email Info{at}


I cannot even imagine. If you’re planning your wedding, I’m sure you have collected and purchased things for it. And to lose all that and also lose EVERYTHING that you have- heartbreaking. So, if you have ANY of these items left over from your own wedding or just hanging around, please help. I’ll be going through all of my crazy things I have laying around to see what I have that I can contribute!

Martha is busy helping rebuild Tuscaloosa. While she’s doing that, let’s help her out and rebuild Martha’s wedding!


[Please feel free to repost this on your own blog, Twitter, or Facebook! We need all the help we can get to rebuild Martha’s wedding!]

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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

3 responses to Love, Celebration, and Devastation

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  1. Vixie

    Poor Martha! I’ll have a look and see what I have in my crafty space… and re-blog about this too. Hopefully she will still be able to have a great day x

  2. Stacey

    So sad. My fiance and i will definitely be sending her something, I have posted this on my blog too. Anything to get the word out to more people.

  3. Beth Morris

    A dozen blue and white bandanas heading your way. I can’t imagine losing everything I’ve collected for the wedding. Hope it helps….

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