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Couple that met as students at West Point marry after graduation Kelly McNamara and Spence Morton

Kelly McNamara did not know what awaited her at West Point. After graduating from Williamsville East High School, she decided to go to the U.S. Military Academy after looking into other options. Perhaps the biggest surprise that awaited her at the famous school was that she met her future husband not long after arriving on campus.

McNamara was put in the same squad as Spence Morton in the pair’s freshman year. Morton had known that he wanted to be in the military, and West Point was his first choice. The two had a few classes together and lived close to each other, so they decided to start studying together. By sophomore year, they were dating.

In the summer before returning to West Point for their senior year, Morton decided he would propose. The couple had taken to spending weeks with each other’s families during breaks since they lived in such different places. When they were visiting his parents in Ennis, Texas, the two took a trip to San Antonio.

“I had planned to do it on the River Walk,” Morton said. When they got to the ideal location, there were a lot of tourists taking pictures and the crowds were too heavy. The moment was not right.

“So I did it back at the hotel,” Morton said, laughing.

McNamara and Morton were married at 6 p.m. May 30 at the Tuscarora Inn in Lockport, just two days after the two graduated from West Point, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Arabic and he a bachelor’s in psychology.

While it was a whirlwind for the couple and their family, it made sense. Morton grew up in Ennis and most of his family was in this area of the country for the graduation. So why not just shuffle everyone up to Buffalo for the wedding?

About 70 people attended the event, and Morton said the best part was that everybody danced most of the night.

Town of Amherst Justice Geoffrey Klein heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Jim and Sherry McNamara of Williamsville. The bridegroom’s parents are Sharla Spence of Ennis, Texas.

The two currently are completing a brief training at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. They will then be attached to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.

Because the two were in the top third of their class, their preferences for a location pulled a bit of rank. But it’s not always the case that military couples end up at the same post, let alone the same unit.

“We will probably be in the same building,” Morton said.

– Andra Cernavskis