Love Survives Storm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 2:41pm

Tornado that destroyed their home won't stop couple's wedding.

A recent law school graduate and her fiancé had been planning a July wedding in Naples, Florida but when the tornadoes in Alabama left the bride-to-be's home a wreck, they couldn't imagine the generosity from the local wedding industry.

Martha Rogers was studying for her law school finals at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa when the tornadoes hit - destroying her house, her car, all of her heirloom jewelry, trinkets, and outfits for her southern-style wedding in Naples.

"Luckily not my engagement ring!" she said.

Her dress wasn't ruined either.

The wedding is still on thanks to her wedding planner, Kelly McWilliams, who posted a video on her blog.

"For us here at Weddings by Socialites, the news broke our hearts because one of our dear clients was directly affected by the storm," she said.

She asked those in the wedding industry to donate what they could to save Martha and Tom Oram's July wedding.

"Well, how can we help? What can we do? I said ask if they need wedding bands," jeweler Mark Loren said.

They're not heirlooms, but the donated rings may be more precious than those lost in the ruins.

"I've never been so humbled by people's love and generosity ever in my life," Martha said. "Everything is going to mean something in such a different way then it would before."

She says she and Tom will now have a new appreciation for life and each other.

"If anything like this ever happens again, I just want to be able to be with him," she said.

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