Kevin Michael Gratton Sr. and Lisa Annette Hutto Gratton of Columbia are pleased to announce the engagement their daughter, Meredith Grace Gratton, to Robert Charles Stetson, son of Jeffrey Todd Stetson and Mary Arthur Stetson of Bristol, Vermont.
The bride-elect, a resident of Conway, is the granddaughter of William Culley Hutto of Columbia, the late Mary Annette Hutto, and the late Mr. Alfred and Mrs. Virgina Gratton. She studied musical theater at Coastal Carolina University and is employed as a costume designer and vintage clothing dealer.
The bridegroom-elect, a resident of Conway, is the grandson of Robert Chase Stetson of Bristol, the late Marilyn Falby Stetson, and the late Mr. Charles and Mrs. Blandina Stewart. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in musical theater from Coastal Carolina University and is employed with the United States Postal Service.
The couple plan a January wedding in Marion.
In her own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: We met while studying musical theater at Coastal Carolina University.
Q: When did you know your fiance was “the one”?
A: We were best friends for three years before we knew! Love is friendship set on fire.
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: We attended the Christmas Eve service at our church (St. Anne’s Episcopal of Conway) and were headed to a Yuletide get-together. He pulled over in front of Town Hall, which was covered in lights, saying he “just wanted to get a picture of her” and got down on one knee. We shared the joy of the evening with our friends and lots of champagne!