Kimberly & Matt

Sept. 24, 2011 at a private ranch in St. Paul

Their love story is chronicled over several dusty rendezvous at the St. Paul Rodeo. It was there that Kimberly Maus and Matt Weishoff met in 2007, when she introduced herself to the rugged “Marlboro Man” in the rodeo’s bar, the Tack Room Saloon. It was there that they fell in love. And it was there that Matt, a former pro rodeo bareback rider, asked Kimberly, a Fox 12 Oregon TV anchor, to be his wife three years later—with a costume ring he bought that very night for the spur of the moment proposal.

It was really no surprise, then, that the newly engaged couple—both with a love for the Western lifestyle since childhood—chose a vintage rodeo theme, opting for an intimate ceremony and reception at a private ranch on the Willamette River in St. Paul, about 30 miles southwest of Portland. Kimberly went unconventional with a brown, vintage Mexican wedding dress and sandals, while Matt stayed true to his rodeo roots in boots and Wranglers, a leather vest and, of course, his cowboy hat. Surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and under an arbor of fresh hops, Matt and Kimberly said their vows and kissed as their guests, supplied with cap guns before the ceremony, provided a soundtrack of celebratory toy gunfire.

From there, the guests grabbed the bandanas waiting at the exit, tied them around their necks, and proceeded to the reception in the pasture where they were welcomed with homemade sangria and beer. Horses in the corral behind the 18-foot handmade bar kept the theme alive, as did Matt’s old rodeo contestant numbers recycled as table numbers. Kim changed into an ivory maxi dress, cowboy boots and a belt (lovingly handmade by Matt) spelling out “Mrs. Weishoff” to party the night away.

After a rustic, comfort food buffet, cowboys and cowgirls flocked to line-dance under strings of globe lights. Instead of cake, Matt and Kim set up a campfire and s’mores bar, complete with gourmet marshmallows and mini doughnuts. “It was great seeing everyone have such a good time,” says Kim. “That was our goal from the very beginning!” As guests went home with muslin bags full of candy tagged Yer winnings!, it was obvious the night went off without a hitch.

The newlyweds, who stayed until the very end of their own rodeo, live in Beaverton, where Matt is self-employed as a contractor and Kim anchors Good Day Oregon and More Good Day Oregon. They’ve saved their honeymoon for the summer months, when they’ll saddle up to explore the vast, wide-open Wyoming landscape.

Bride’s ceremony dress: Time Bomb Vintage | Bride’s reception dress: Nordstrom | Catering and desserts: McKillip’s Catering | Day of planner: Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss | Flowers: Geranium Lake Flowers | Formalwear: Old Frontier Clothing Co., Urban Western Clothing, Westwood Wild Rags | Invites: Sarita Posada | Hair and makeup: Adriana Quan & Tami Peine of Cashmere Beauty Lounge | Music: Mike Shepherd | Photographer: Alicia Dickerson Photography | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Rings: Custom by Travis Stringer | Videographer: Moetic Wedding Films

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