Katie Waalkes, 26 of NewYork and Matthew Kuborn, 26, of Los Angeles, embrace outside her car after meeting at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with Waalkes’ parents in Grand Rapids. The couple met just over a year ago at their best friends’ wedding in upstate New York.
Ruth DeHaan of Kentwood, on right, gives a welcome home hug to her daughter, Shelly Visser of Coopersville, while picking her up at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Wednesday. Visser was in Texas for a week for a conference, but is home just in time for Thanksgiving with mom. “I’ve got the sweet potatoes on now,” DeHaan said.
Devon Saoiers, 11, of Rockford waits to greet his aunt, Meredith Saoiers, Wednesday at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Meredith is an aerospace engineer and designs F-35s for the Marines. She wasn’t expecting to see Devon at the airport, but he showed up to surprise her.
Mike Dean of Grand Rapids gets a hug from his two daughters, Emily, 19, on left, and Kaitlin, 21, after flying home from North Dakota after being gone three months on Wednesday at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Dean has been living in North Dakota for a new job and is not used to being away from his family. He will be home for Thanksgiving and through the weekend.
Mary Saoiers of Wyoming hugs her daughter, Meredith Saoiers of Maryland, and grandson, Devon Saoiers, 11, of Rockford while greeting Meredith at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Wednesday. Meredith is an aerospace engineer and designs F-35s for the Marines. She wasn’t expecting to see Devon at the airport, but he showed up to surprise her.
I watched the movie “Love Actually,” the other day and the airport scenes reminded me of this package I shot in November for Thanksgiving travel. When my photo editor asked me to find moments at the Gerald R. Ford Airport I was skeptical, but after spending an hour or so, I realized love actually is, all around. (Grand Rapids Press Photos)