Niskayuna graduates live movie script in real world

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Niskayuna graduates Shannon Vonk and Kevin Foote knew each other in high school but didn't get together until she happened to move two blocks from his NYC apartment.Photo Matt Ramos Niskayuna graduates Shannon Vonk and Kevin Foote knew each other in high school but didn't get together until she happened to move two blocks from his NYC apartment.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

It is stuff of a Nora Ephron rom-com: Separated by time and life circumstances, two friends serendipitously reconnect in New York City, fall in love and live happily ever after.

Niskayuna High School graduates and newlyweds Kevin Foote, Class of 2004, and Shannon Vonk, Class of 2005, are living the movie.

The two were married on July 29, five-and-a-half years after their first date. But they’d known each other since their high school days.

“We were really just friends,” said Foote. “We had a similar circle of friends but never officially dated.”

They did, by happenstance, ride to the prom in the same limousine and Vonk remembers dancing with Foote to “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

Foote went off to Boston College after high school, and after receiving his degree in 2008 moved to 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.

Vonk headed west, graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2009 and taking a job in the Windy City with Goldman Sachs. In 2011, Vonk transferred to New York City and moved to 76th Street and West End Avenue.

A mutual high school buddy mentioned that the two were now in New York City, so when Hurricane Irene barreled toward the city in late August of 2011, Vonk rode out the storm with Foote.

“I had no place to go and the only person I knew was Kevin,” Vonk said.

After the storm, the two hung out often and had their first official date at a Giants game on New Year’s Day, 2012. Over the next four years, the relationship grew, despite a two-year separation when Vonk moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend Harvard Business School. Foote enrolled at Columbia University in New York.

“Kevin is supportive of me in everything I do,” Vonk said. “Doing long-distance for two years was hard but he made it easy and sacrificed a lot.”

To Vonk’s surprise, Foote proposed at Gansevoort Turks and Caicos resort over his birthday weekend in February 2016.

“I didn’t expect anything until he started acting nervous,” Vonk said. “He did a really great job of keeping it a secret and not spilling the beans.”

Now that the wedding is over, the couple looks forward to focusing on their life together, which includes their dog Reeces.

“Shannon is eternally optimistic,” Foote said. “She makes me smile and laugh. We really connect and both like to take new adventures and explore.”