Ashley Marie Bagwell & Ryan Patrick Alderson

December 7, 2019

Law school can be tough, but a few bright spots stand out for Ashley Bagwell and Ryan Alderson from their time at the University of South Carolina School of Law. It’s the place where they found each other, and after nearly two years of dating and two bar examinations, Ryan knew it was time to ask Ashley to be his wife. He couldn’t do it without the help of Lyla, Ashley’s German shepherd. Like any good attorney, he drew up formal adoption papers for the pup, and with a ring in hand proposed on a snowy December morning. During their nuptials at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, Ashley’s uncle performed the ceremony. Her Mikaella long-sleeved wedding gown from The Poinsett Bride perfectly complemented the rest of her ensemble—including the flowers by Cindy Barwick and the satin love knots in her bouquet that her mother and maternal grandmother also carried down the aisle in their bouquets. The couple now resides in Greenville, where they both practice law, Ashley as an attorney and Ryan as an assistant solicitor.

By Kendall Layne Photography