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11-18-2013 Reno-Tahoe International Airport Hosts Military Wedding

After a 9 month deployment off the coast of Syria, US Navy Sailor Dylan Ruffer married his high school sweetheart, Madison Meinhardt, as soon as he landed at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The young couple was originally scheduled to be married in October but had to cancel when Dylan’s deployment was extended. Shortly after, Madison contacted the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to see if she could marry him in the airport when he returned on November 18th.

Officials from the airport worked with representatives from Washoe County to obtain a marriage license for the young couple. They then contacted local businesses to secure donations and give Dylan and Madison the wedding they were dreaming of.

The young  couple said “I do” shortly after midnight in front of a crowd of family, friends, community members and media. The reception was held in the baggage claim area of the airport immediately following.

Below are photos from the wedding (Courtesy of Jeff Ross Photography) and a list of businesses that donated goods and services to make the wedding a possibility. Congratulations Dylan and Madison!




Photos Courtesy of Jeff Ross Photography


Meinhardt-Ruffer Wedding Donors:

Atlantis Casino Resort
Camelot Party Rentals
Devonwoods Florist
Eldorado Hotel Casino
Giraffe, Inc.
JC Paper
Jeff Ross Photography
KRNV My News 4 NBC
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Rumors Salon
Shades of Gray Entertainment
SSP America
United Airlines
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