Mr. Willam Scott Conley and Mrs. Amy Harrison Conley of Columbia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Charron Lynne Conley, to Ethan Robert Brown, son of Mr. Philip Robert Brown and Mrs. Carol Wain Brown of Arkansas City, Kansas.
The bride-elect, a resident of Columbia, is the granddaughter of Mr. Durham Truesdale Harrison Jr. and Mrs. Beverly Cawley Harrison of Columbia and Mr. Jim Edward Conley and Mrs. Donna Reed Conley. She is a 2011 graduate of Clemson University and a 2015 graduate of Columbia International University with a master’s degree in Bible teaching.
The bridegroom-elect, a resident of Columbia, is the grandson of Mrs. Alice Ethelyne Hesket and the late Mr. Donald Vernon Hesket of Geuda Springs, Kansas, and the late Earl Berkley Brown and the late Muriel Doris Brown of Arkansas City, Kansas. He is a 2006 graduate of Kansas State University and a 2016 graduate of Columbia International University with a master’s degree in divinity.
The couple plans an August wedding in Irmo.
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In their own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: We sat beside each other in seminary.
Q: When did you know your fiance was “the one”?
A: For Ethan, it was the first date. He got home, was alone, and much to his surprise, he said out loud, “I’m going to marry that girl.” He did not tell Charron this for a long time. For Charron, it was couple of months later. She did not want to decide to love someone with all she has until she knew some things about him, his family, and if she could handle him at his worst. His worst came two months into the relationship when Ethan called her, unable to move because of excruciating pain in his shoulder and neck. That pain led to neck surgery, significant dependence on others, and grumpiness and frustration with his lack of independence. The surgery allowed her to see him at his worst, meet his mother and, not long after, the rest of his family. Through these experiences, Charron grew in love with Ethan, and it has continued to grow through joy and pain since.
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: We recreated our first date, which was lunch at Mellow Mushroom in the Vista, followed by a trip to the S.C. State Museum. We enjoyed walking around the exhibits, and as we were walking outside down the steps to leave, Ethan said, “You know what...” (dropped to one knee, whipped the ring out) “I was wondering, would you marry me?” It all happened so fast that Charron was in shock for a few seconds, which felt like eternity to Ethan, until Charron finally said the most excited “OK!” ever uttered.