A couple had their wedding at Cleveland’s airport 12 years after meeting at its baggage claim

WKYCRon Peterson and Michelle Belleau, pictured on their wedding day.
  • Ron Peterson and Michelle Belleau got married in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s baggage claim area on Saturday.
  • The couple had met 12 years earlier at the same baggage claim, when Belleau’s boss asked her to pick up Peterson, a client, at the airport.
  • The pair hit it off and now live in Los Angeles with their two daughters.
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A couple tied the knot on Saturday in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s baggage claim area, the same place they met 12 years ago.

Michelle Belleau met Ron Peterson at baggage claim 6 in 2007, when her boss at a concert promotions business asked her to pick up a client – Peterson, president of Rotten Records – at the airport, Cleveland.com reported.

The pair hit it off, but Peterson lived in Los Angeles at the time. They maintained a long-distance relationship for two years, and the airport became a familiar place for them to have reunions and goodbyes.

“It was both the happiest place and the saddest place,” Belleau told Cleveland.com.

Belleau eventually moved to California and the couple now have two daughters.


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For their wedding on Saturday, they decided to return to where it all began.

The couple said their vows on the baggage claim belt, with about 125 friends and family members in the audience.

The couple had gone all-in with their airport themed wedding: save-the-date cards looked like Southwest Airlines luggage tags, and Southwest supplied the couple with decorations and snacks during the ceremony, WKYC reported.

A Cleveland Hopkins International Airport told CBS News that this was the first wedding held at the airport, which was open to the public at the time of the ceremony.

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