Matt and Stacy (and about 22 other people!) have been keeping a little secret. On January 15, 2016, the #FinallyBarnes wedding party made the trek out to Las Vegas, Nevada to see Matt and Stacy tie the knot in a secret ceremony! Why? Why not?!?!
After they got engaged, Matt and Stacy started talking about their options. Have a destination wedding that few people would be able to attend due to cost and time or have a local wedding that everyone they love and care about could be at? After about five minutes of debating, Matt suggested, "Why choose? Let's do both!"
Over the next two weeks, Matt & Stacy went to each person in the wedding party to personally invite them to join #TeamLV2016. They set the date... made the plans... and only three weeks after getting engaged, they were married in a short ceremony at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!
It was a fun adventure and an exciting secret getaway, but they view April 3rd as their real wedding. (And they saved all the good stuff for the April wedding anyway!)
2015 took Stacy and Matt from their annual New Year's trip to La Quinta, to Maui (twice!), to U2 concerts in Los Angeles! With Matt's helicopter license, they found themselves flying to Las Vegas, Lake Havasu, Tahoe, Catalina, Tuscon (?), and more. It was a pretty exciting year for them and ended with Matt's proposal! (But that gets its own gallery!)
In 2014, Matt and Stacy started the year off by taking Nani and Chino to Disneyland as a late Christmas present. (They got to miss school for the day!) Matt also started the year off by learning to fly a helicopter. (By September, he would have his license and Stacy and he would take their first flights together!) This was also the year that Stacy's sister, Erin, graduated from Vanguard, Stacy and Matt were the Grand Marshals in the annual Barnes/Browning 4th of July Parade, Matt opened Rogue Collective and they kicked off the holidays with a big Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Idle Tuesdays (a non-profit Matt works with).
Matt and Stacy packed a lot into 2009! From weddings, to ski trips, to Disneyland, to Havasu, to the beach, to La Quinta, to Maui, to the U2 360 concert at the Rose Bowl, to Kevin and Traci Carpenter's Halloween party where Matt went as Betty and Stacy went as Barney! But, most significantly, this was the year that wonder of Rogue came into their lives!
2008 was a year of new beginnings for Matt, Stacy and even their friends! Matt started working at ROCKHARBOR with Stacy (hence the mohawk from Winter Camp), they both helped start the Tru Curriculum that would pretty much take over their lives for the next four years, Matt took Stacy to New York for the first time for her birthday, they took Leilani to Disneyland for the first time, their friends (Angelina and Alex) got married, they both did Weight Watchers and lost a ton of weight, they saw Coldplay (a first for Stacy) and they dressed up as their bosses for Halloween!
After a relatively brief split at the end of 2006, 2008 brought Stacy to ROCKHARBOR for a new job and eventually brought Matt there as well. It also brought them back together and provided the backdrop for a trip to Romania, crashing Ellen Degeneres' Emmy party, a Segway tour of Newport Beach, an ugly Christmas sweater party and closing out the year together in Maui.
In 2006, Matt and Stacy celebrated Chino's first birthday, saw Billy Crystal in "700 Sundays" (amazing!), visited The Getty for the first time, flew up to San Francisco for Andy's graduation from the Art Institute, took a trip to San Diego and, of course, went to Maui! Stacy threw Matt a big "Scrubs" themed surprise party (which was amazing) for his 28th birthday. At the end of the year, Matt and Stacy broke up for a bit. But, we all know that it worked out in the end!
In their second year of knowing each other, Matt and Stacy started the year off broken up, Matt went to India and then they got back together, they saw the U2 Vertigo Tour at the Staples Center (there's a whole story there), broke up again in June, got back together in October, went to Havasu, saw U2 again in Las Vegas and ended the year together in Maui! (Wow!)