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October 10th, 2011 – YEARLY love!!!


Wow, one year already guys. Time flies, huh? I am so happy that you found each other and that you are sharing a beautiful life together :) Your love can be clearly seen in your happiness, life, and adventures.

I totally forgot that Matt and Kim’s one year anniversary would fall right around the same time of Jeff and I becoming first time homeowners, so unfortunately this post can’t be as tricked out as I would have liked for a one year celebration. However, we could not let an occasion like this pass us by.

matt and kims peggys coveJeff and I took a drive out to Peggy’s Cove today (only 10 kms from our new home!), so I thought I’d share one of Matt and Kim’s amazing shots of this beauteous place.

Matt and Kim, when you get home from Italy (!!!), you will have to come have a proper celebratory beverage with us overlooking the Atlantic. Jeff and I wish you all the best as you enter your second year of marriage: we just know it will be as wonderful as the first.

*side note: Stay tuned for upcoming posts on *the move*, *the move-in*, and life-beginning-again in Nova Scotia. We can’t wait to share our journey with you!

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

image by Matt and Kim Madden.

September 10th, 2011 – monthly love

Hello to you all! If you are still visiting I owe you a HUGE thank you; I know my contact has been lacking as of late, but I promise there is good reason for that. And that it will soon change. Stay tuned…

Well, it is the 11 month anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Madden’s first year of matrimonial loooove. A whole year in only one more month guys: you must be over the moon :)

I unfortunately don’t have a boatload of time to post today, but I couldn’t miss celebrating M+K’s 11th month with a perfect picture of theirs. The summer days are certainly winding down here in ol’ TO, and this photo reminded me of the nostalgic last days of summer.

last days of summerSqueeze in one last bbq if it’s getting chilly in your parts folks; only so many sun-filled evenings before we bunk down for cooler days.

Happy “Anniversary” Matt and Kim! Can’t wait to celebrate the ONE YEAR mark with a post next month!

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

image by Matt and Kim Madden.


August 10th, 2011 – monthly love

*sings* Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Haaa-ppy Anniversary!

If you know me, you’ll know the exact tune/level of enthusiasm to which I sing that little ditty. And so what if it’s only Matt and Kim’s “month anniversary” (10 to be exact!); month anniversaries warrant made-up songs… Whereas annual anniversaries warrant presents ;)

This month I was dead set on putting together another maddenvallis wedding photo post. Seriously, these two have upped their game this summer, and you just have to see the totally amazing, wicked awesome work they are doing. Remember how I said one day I want them to shoot my wedding? Well multiply that “want” by 1000, and you’ll get how bad I want these two capturing my day o’ love (when it comes :) ).

While flicking around, I realized Matt and Kim already did the majority of my work by picking some great shots with which they made their flashcards and social media profile pics. Or maybe they were just watermarking their shots. Either way, I think these pics + branding = perfect perfect perfect. I think it shows exactly the kind of work that Matt and Kim are doing, their personal style, and their rediiiiculous talent. So without further ado…maddenvallis willow tree kiss

maddenvallis cliff kissmaddenvallis veil kissmaddenvallis young lovemaddenvallis boardwalk kissmaddenvallis bridge kissAre you jealous of all the people in those pics who got the chance to work with such amazing photographers? Cuz I am! If you have a wedding/engagement/anything that you want captured coming up, I HIGHLY recommend you get in touch with Matt and Kim, because with work like this, I bet they’ll end up booked solid! Jeff and I were lucky enough to meet up with Matt and Kim along with another affianced pair of friends while we were house hunting recently in NS (more on that later), but we didn’t get to do much catching up due to our love-bird friends being aflutter about potentially working with Matt and Kim in 2012! So M+K, next time it’s you and us, and hours and hours for nerd-talk, wine, and good food :)

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.


July 11th, 2011 – monthly love

Eep! A day late! Matt and Kim, I know you’ll understand. I was distracted with thoughts of COMING HOME dancing in my head!

That’s right, I’m heading back to ol’ NS (for a visit/house hunting) in only 3 days, and I will finally get to sit down for a bevvie with Matt and Kim for the first time since we started collaborating: WOO!!!

In honor of our much anticipated trip home, this month’s M+K post focuses on one of the most beautiful places in this whole world and how beautifully Kim and Matt photograph it: The Cape Breton Highlands.

Sit back and enjoy the scenery; words can’t describe.

cabot trail sunrise

cabot trail lookoff

god's country

god's country 2

fishing shackI don’t know if that last one was actually taken in Cape Breton, but a little old fishing shack is the epitome of Cape Breton in my books.

Seriously, have you ever seen a more beautiful place? I’ve said for years that I am SO happy that Matt and Kim capture all the wonder and beauty that Cape Breton and all of Nova Scotia has to offer, as it’s been a touchstone for me during my years away in the “Big Smoke”. But now, moving home, I’ll be even more happy to appreciate it first hand, and maybe even with these fabulous photographers by my side.

Happy Nine Months Matt and Kim! We’ll see you next week! :)

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

June 10th, 2011 – monthly love

AH HA! Did you think I would miss two months!? Not a chance!

A HUGE apology to my lovely friends Matt and Kim: I’ve led them to trust that they would get special BB love on the 10th of every month, and what did I go and do? I forgot last month. Bad, bad friend am I. Love me still? :)

To make up for it I will share LOTS of M+K pics today, all based around my favorite spring/summer 2011 color: YELLOW!yellow barnyellow dykesyellow vineyard

See, this is the thing about Nova Scotia and the country side: dandelions can be a thing of beauty! I’ll always remember while growing up driving past the old church out in East Bay (ya with me Matt and Kim?) and seeing a field full of dandelions, and thinking never have I seen a more stunning expanse of *weeds*. I get that they are parasites for lawns ’round the world, but when you see ’em en masse like that, you can’t deny that yellow, sunny beauty.yellow houseyellow barn2yellow shoes

If you’ve ever seen the commercials for the maritime provinces, you’ll have noticed that we like to take a cue from Mother Nature’s color palette and splash our houses, boats, and lives with her bright colors.yellow canoeyellow shopyellow bus

Isn’t it great how Matt and Kim capture the happiness that is *yellow* against the epic, mysterious beauty that is Nova Scotia? There is something both stirring and settling about the juxtaposition. And although I don’t know how they manage to capture this perfect balance, I sure am happy that they do.yellow house2

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

April 10th, 2011 – monthly love

SIX MONTHS! WOO! Six months is a milestone in my opinion, so we are gonna once again celebrate the love and talent of Mr. and Mrs. Madden!

Forgive me, readers and M&K: I’m a little sore today, as I partied along to one of the best east coast bands last night, Slowcoaster. So if I’m lacking in the words and the story-telling, you know why ;)boots

The 10th of the month crept up on me this time! I suspect this is how it’ll be Matt and Kim: the time flying by, and you guys enjoying every second of your together-dom. So in the spirit of time passing, I thought I’d share some of K+M’s subjects that have definitely seen their fair share of time.old docktins

Gritty and old and romantic in the most un-obvious way. Me likey. The nostalgia of things and places like these stirs something deep within me; you know that they have seen many great stories, and their history inspires the imagination. Kim and Matt are the best at capturing this beauty.cornfield

A step back in time. Nova Scotians are so lucky to be able to access these time-worn places; places that seem frozen in their former glory. A living museum. I can’t wait to get back to explore the back roads, walk along a cow path or two, and definitely root around for some vintage finds.suitcase

Well, I hope you found a similar Sunday calm that I did through this set of photos. I introduced Matt and Kim’s work on BB by saying they evoke a nostalgic feeling within me, and I’ll stick to that story again and again. Thank you guys for giving me a touchstone to bring me back to my slower, simpler roots.

Check out more of Matt and Kim’s work at

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

March 10th, 2011 – monthly love

Happy Five Month Anni’ Matt and Kim!

For those of you who are new to Buoy Bird, Matt and Kim (Vallis) Madden are two LOVELY photographers from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who I was lucky enough to grow up with. Even furthering that luck, Matt and Kim allow me to use their work in all Buoy Bird designs: a priceless gift. I have always felt that Matt and Kim’s work reflects the feel I want to achieve through BB. I even referred to their work for inspiration before Buoy Bird’s birth. So! On the 10th of every month, I do a little shout out to these two fabulous people, both to honor their work, and to honor the day of their marriage (October 10th, 2010).a foggy day

This month, I wanted to feature Matt and Kim’s most beautiful subjects: each other! Not only is this power couple blessed with amazing talent, but they are very easy on the eyes as well!snowy kimkim at work

I can only assume that working together brings out the best in both Kim and Matt. The emotion that they are able to show AND capture is just plain magic.matt upclose

It shows in their work how much fun Matt and Kim are able to have as a couple with a similar interest in photography. They trust each other, feeling free to play, explore, and look deep into each other’s souls (see above!).ghost kim

They also get to share some pretty priceless moments together. I imagine one of them is always with camera in hand, so that they never have to say, “Aw, I wish I had a photo of that!”matt get a nutkim leaves

To me, there is something very timeless about Kim and Matt, both as individuals, and as a couple. They are both kind, smart, and intuitive, and I think this shows in their photos of each other, as well as of their other subjects.matt in the treeskim fire

And it could never be said that they are lacking in knowledge of atmosphere. Seriously, if a TV show served up this photo as their promo poster, I would watch it.dark matt

And Kim is a down-right Betty. Classic.classic kim

All in all, Matt and Kim remind me of how wonderful it is work with someone you love, as well as someone who understands you as an artist (something I have been blessed with with Jeff). The best stuff comes when you can be honest, open, and uninhibited with the ones you love and trust, and Matt and Kim’s work is the very proof of that.matt and kim

Happy Five Months guys! xo

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

February 10th, 2011 – monthly love

Please go all the way through this post: the end might just kill you with joy.

Happy four month anniversary Matt and Kim! Whenever I write that – *month anniversary* – I feel like I’m back in junior high school, when month anniversaries with your shorter-than-you boyfriends were major milestones. In Matt and Kim’s case, they have celebrated many, many month anniversaries :)smiling pickford

February’s M+K post centers around their visit with a man by the name of Charlie Pickford, also know as Old Man Pickford. Matt says:

“Kim and I met Old Charlie Pickford down in the [Annapolis] Valley on our mini Honeymoon. He was sitting on the side of the road with his cats; we had to pull over and find out his story. Little did we know we’d be there an hour later as he recapped Acadian history from the 1400’s. If you’re in the Valley (Grand Pre) and see Charlie, be sure to stop by and buy some of the crafts that he carves from wood.”pickford and his pipespipes

Reason number 257 why I love Nova Scotia, and number 386 why I love Kim and Matt. Only in Nova Scotia can you see someone interesting on the side of the road and know you can pull over for an afternoon’s worth of great times, and Kim and Matt are two open, explorative people who would do something just like that.pickford and long pipe

Kim goes on:

“While we were there he showed us photos he had taken and insisted we take some fresh tomatoes home with us. We are going to bring him some cat food and some photos we took of him and his cats in the next few weeks.”

Isn’t she the sweetest!

This little guy is pretty sweet too. He actually reminds me of Matt and Kim’s own fur-baby, Mr. Caramel Swirls! Agreed guys???a carmel swirls lookalike

And this reminds me of all things amazing. A sweet old man in a Highliner cap with an armful of cats. armful

Please do take Matt and Kim’s advice and give Old Man Pickford a visit, and be sure to bring along some treats for those he considers near and dear to his heart. And please do take MY advice, and check out all of Matt and Kim’s work over at their website: pleasures like this and more await you, I promise.

happy cat

Ok, the moment I’ve been waiting for… to share this with you:old and young

Melt, melt, and melt again. Thank you guys for capturing such beauty! xo

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

January 10th, 2011 – monthly love

Happy January 10th to you! It’s that time again: time to share with you the work of the lovely, the talented, Kim and Matt Madden! Happy Three Month Anniversary Guys!Boy in Tartan

Thank goodness for anniversaries, as having a date to aim for seems to be the only thing keeping me on track these days! I don’t know if it is because I took such a long *buoy bird break* over the holidays, or if it’s because I’m still staving off the last legs of an awful cold, but there hasn’t been a lot of get up and go on the blogging front. Eh, I’m not overly concerned, as lulls are natural in most creative processes… but I digress.the menthe love shack

Matt and Kim! This set of photos shows some of the couple’s beautiful wedding photography. I thought it appropriate to share this content with you this month as I have recently been celebrating the engagement of my best friend! YAY! So De-vo and Ern, this one’s also for you!green door collageinto the woods

Dev and I have been talking weddings for YEARS, so this turn of events is definitely worth celebrating! It also got me thinking about my future “happy day”, and without a doubt, when that day comes, Matt and Kim are the photographers I will be going for.purple wedding cake

They say you should always choose a wedding photographer based on if you can visualize yourself in their photos. Well, this test is all I need to be sure that the Madden pairing is right for me. I love their creative and whimsical style, and their ability to capture the mood as set by the couple, location, time of year, weather, and theme. I just feel like Matt and Kim “get it” when it comes to what I (and my partner***) would like to convey on a wedding day. The trend of wedding photography is steering more towards the candid, and while they capture these precious moments, there is still great artistic integrity behind their work.the kiss

I HIGHLY recommend checking out Matt and Kim’s website if you and yours are going to be needing a talented pair of wedding photographers in the near future. Just don’t fill up ALL the booking slots before I get to them!

*** …see that? see how un-assuming I can be? ;)

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

December 10th, 2010

happy two month anniversary Matt and Kim!

Sooo remember when I said I would be AWOL because of my lead up to the annual 406 Christmas Party? Well, what I didn’t anticipate was the being AWOL due to the aftermath. Holy Hayday, was that a clean up! And we’re not even done. Eh, no matter. The party was a roaring success, and there will be much future coverage on and matt mountain

Today! Today is all about my lovely friends, Matt and Kim Madden. You might be saying to yourself that those names sound familiar, and if you know your Buoy Bird, you’d be right. Matt and Kim are two lovely photographers from Nova Scotia who were kind enough in the beginning of Buoy Bird to offer me use of their images for any of my designs. A priceless gift to a novice photographer like myself.lighthouse

Kim and Matt capture what I love best about my home: the ease, the mystery, the beauty, and the nostalgia. I look at their photos and I hear the call of the loon and feel the salt-ridden mist on my face. The way in which they take in their subjects allows me to step right into the moment with them. This is ever important to a gal who craves for those moments, being cooped up in the big city.berry house

I felt (and feel) that Matt and Kim’s photography is a perfect partner for Buoy Bird. It was around the time of this discovery that two other perfect partners were joining up: Matt and Kim. Having dated for some time now, Matt and Kim celebrated their wedding on 10/10/10. I couldn’t imagine a more complete coupling. Not knowing them extremely well (only from our grade school days), it is still evident through their shared passion and full life how much they are a match made in heaven. Facebook can also be revealing ;)bras d'or

I admire Matt and Kim not only for their love and commitment to each other, but also for their love and commitment to their craft. I feel that they have followed their hearts, training and working in that which their hearts’ desire, and that this accomplishment is evident in the beauty of their work. I aspire to follow my creative roots in this way, and can not wait to return to Nova Scotia to be with my art and my home; right where my heart belongs. I also can not wait for the chance to catch up with Matt and Kim: meeting old friends as adults is so fulfilling; I think we will make great new-old friends!christmas lights

So, in conclusion, this is my gift to Matt and Kim. On the 10th of every month (their *monthly* anniversary) I will be sharing their work exclusively on It is the least I could do in return for the gift that they have given me: images, inspiration, and even if they don’t know it, a push towards my own dreams.

Please check out Matt and Kim’s stunning work at

Happy Anniversary Guys! xo

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.