Solesby, Spires plan to marry on anniversary of Riverwalk Augusta attack

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Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires are ready to put the past behind them, and they say they’ve found the perfect way to do so.

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Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires, victims from an attack at the Augusta Riverwalk last May, will marry on the one year anniversary of the attack. The couple said they got engaged Jan. 4.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires, victims from an attack at the Augusta Riverwalk last May, will marry on the one year anniversary of the attack. The couple said they got engaged Jan. 4.

They’ll get married May 3, exactly one year after they were attacked on Riverwalk Augusta while on their first date.

“The way Wesley put it, ‘It turns a bad day into something wonderful,’ ” Solesbee said.

Spires said he decided to pop the question Jan. 4 while the couple vacationed with friends in Gatlinburg, Tenn. He proposed as they rode a sky lift to the top of a mountain.

“All that I could think about is, ‘Don’t drop the ring,’ ” she said.

For Spires, the decision came easy. He said Solesbee stuck by his side while he remained hospitalized after they were attacked, and he knew then there was something special about her.

Solesbee took almost every opportunity in the weeks after the attack to help raise money to cover Spires’ hospital bills, including selling T-shirts that read “Support Wesley Spires” at area events.

“I can look back and smile when I think it,” Spires said.

The news of their engagement traveled fast, Solesbee said, which came as a shock to the couple.

Just more than a week later, Solesbee said she already has a wedding dress lined up for the big day. The couple have also been set up with a wedding planner, who donated her services, and been contacted by several people offering to host or cater the wedding.

The couple scouted out possible venues Saturday.

“Of course we wanted everyone to know, but neither one of us expected any sort of community outpouring,” Solesbee said. “It means a lot for the community to continue to reach out to us.”

After the wedding, Solesbee expects to move into Spires’ Edgefield home. The recent USC Aiken graduate – in sports science – said she then hopes to find a job with an area school system. She currently teaches autistic children.

Spires, a landscaper who volunteered as a firefighter at the West Side Fire Department before the attack, said he plans to continue in landscaping while he saves up money.

Until then, the couple has bigger issues to tackle.

“We need to get the house in order,” Solesbee said with a laugh.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/11/14 - 05:32 pm
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What wonderful news!

Congratulations and the best of everything to this wonderful couple. Yes, true love was proven the way this young lady stuck by "her man". And that the community is reaching out and helping them the way they do is just the greatest thing that could be done for those two dear people.
God bless the couple and may they have a wonderful long future together. And God bless all the folks that show all this kindness toward them. The world is not what it used to be but there are still a lot of good and loving souls.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 01/11/14 - 06:28 pm
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Happy News

So refeshing to read an article about GOOD things in our community and I applaud Travis Highfield for metioning the attack but not bringing up the horrid details as this couple celebrates their engagement.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 01/13/14 - 09:03 am
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A Feel Good Story Today !!

As I said before, congratulations to you both. You've both already been through the "for worse" part. Now, there is only the "for better" part...!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 01/13/14 - 09:14 am
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Congratulations!

You just don't find such forgiving people these days. This is indeed a very special couple, one that I believe God put together for a much bigger purpose. We will be watching, the best to you and your future children!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/13/14 - 10:49 am
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Congratulations! This could

Congratulations! This could be the feel good story of the year for the CSRA.
:-)
With marriage equality sweeping across the country, it is being proven that love wins out over hate. This is another example of love winning.

smiling2behappy01
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smiling2behappy01 01/13/14 - 10:38 am
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I knew Wesley Spires & his Mother when he was a lil boy !

My Son Adam Romero was taking classes at St. Joesph's Hospital along with Wesley at that time. Both our kids were very little at that time .

Congrats to you Wesley & to Ashley Solesbee ! <3

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