Why Wait? Returning Sailor, Fiancee Wed at Airport

Reno-Tahoe baggage-claim area hosts the reception

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2013 7:03 PM CST

(Newser) – They were supposed to get married a year ago, but Dylan Ruffer's Navy deployment off the coast of Syria got extended. So when Ruffer finally arrived back home at the Reno-Tahoe airport last night, he and longtime sweetheart Madison Meinhardt made up for lost time: The 19-year-olds got hitched inside the airport, reports TucsonNewsNow. And the reception? In the baggage-claim area, of course, reports AP. Airport employees pitched in by decorating, notes MSN. "He never got a rehearsal," says the former Ms. Meinhardt. "He did pretty good."

In this photo courtesy of Heidi Jared, Navy seaman Dylan Ruffer and wife Madison, both from Chester, Calif., talk to reporters after getting married at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
In this photo courtesy of Heidi Jared, Navy seaman Dylan Ruffer and wife Madison, both from Chester, Calif., talk to reporters after getting married at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Heidi Jared)
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