Hey 2018 Seniors!!!! 

We are doing our first ever Senior Session GIVEAWAY!!!! Here is how you can enter to win!!!


Mini Session in Burlington, WI (valued at $150)

digital downloads + online gallery for viewing and print ordering!!!

1) Follow @cmaedesign on Instagram

2) Instagram your favorite selfie and include #cmaedesigngiveaway

3) Tag three of your friends!!!


Best Gifts for Bridesmaids!

If you’re like me, buying the PERFECT gift can be difficult. You know your friends, of course…but do they want another coffee mug with their name on it to sit in the back of their cabinet, or do you go big and buy them the best freaking gift everrrrr!?

You’re thanking your BFFFFFFF for supporting your love & marriage, for taking time off of work to go out of town for your bachelorette party, for helping you choose the perfect song to walk down the isle to, for buying a dress they’ll probably never wear again, and for spending LOTS of money to be by your side as you say, “I DO.”

We’ve chosen some cool gifts that aren’t like the rest, because your bridesmaids aren’t like the rest!


Personalized Wood Bath Caddy $49.99– Who doesn’t love treating themselves to a bath? This is how the ladies in our office reward themselves after a long week of big accomplishments. If you’re looking for less expensive options, Google “wooden bath caddy.” You’ll have caddies galore!

BUY IT HERE: http://www.personalcreations.com/product/-30191306?






Lush Bath Bombs – Looking for something to pair with your bath caddy? These bath bombs are RAD! Seriously, forget bubble bath. These bath bombs by Lush are so beautiful to watch dissolve, and they change the entire color of the bath water! They range between $4.50 and

BUY IT HERE: http://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/


2206255bs_anastasia_collection2Ulta Gift Card – Do your ladies like makeup!? Ulta Beauty is AMAZING and has a variety of products and a great team always willing to help find the best products for you! Their products range from drugstore cosmetics to high end beauty products. http://www.ulta.com




shopping-1Bridesmaids Hangers – I wish I would have gotten myself one of these when I was getting married! When your photographer is taking photos of your dress, it help to have a personalized hanger to include in the photos! You can personalize these in so many ways, and they’re a cute gift for your bridesmaids!

BUY IT HERE: https://www.etsy.com





master-PAA216Wine Picnic Cooler – $66.50 – Now this is cool! This picnic basket comes with wine glasses, melamine plates, a corkscrew, napkins, a cheese knife, and flatware. My sister gave her bridesmaids one and I LOVE mine! It’s practical and perfect for a nice walk in the park followed by a picnic!

BUY IT HERE: http://www.hayneedle.com







UnknownJewelry – If you have specific jewelry or shoes you’d prefer that they wear, you could gift that to them!

BUY IT HERE: https://www.etsy.com












Different gift certificates for each bridesmaid – If all of your bridesmaids have different tastes, let them choose their own gift, on you! You can never go wrong with gift certificates.



Electric Wine Opener  $21.99 – I have one of these and I LOVE IT! I don’t even drink wine very often, but this is great for holidays, gatherings, parties, etc. Instead of spending time opening wine bottles for everyone at your party, this electric wine opener does ALL the work – quickly!

BUY IT HERE: http://www.jcpenney.com












Beer/Wine Bouquet – When you type “Beer Gift Basket” into Google, you get many gifts relating to men. Apparently there are no beer baskets created for women, so make your own with this DIY: http://takingcareofthegoose.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-to-make-liquor-bouquet.html?m=1

You could add gift cards, liquor minis, cigars, a sweet note, candy, gum, or anything they’d need the day of or day after the wedding! Yes, we mean water and ibuprofen 😉



Got some hunters or adventurers in your group? Check out these Personalized Gun Knives with LED.

 BUY IT HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/226870067/personalized-gun-knife-with-led-pocket?





Personalized 50 Cal Brass Bottle Opener – $19.99 – These are TOO COOL! They’re a conversation piece and perfect for…well…anyone, especially the hunter bridesmaid in your party.


BUY IT HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/463397816/engraved-50-cal-bottle-opener-in-brass?





Primula® Classic Tea Maker $24.99 – Have someone in your life that loves tea? This classic tea maker lets you brew tea in a press that makes steeping and serving convenient. It’s made of heat-resistant glass and keeps loose tea out of the cup!

BUY IT HERE: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com


If you like our non-traditional gifts, give our blog a share! Your engaged friends will thank you!


By: Dee

Lead Photographer/Supervisor


MUST READ: 10 Steps for Smooth Wedding Planning

You’ve done your research, you’ve created a Pinterest, you’ve picked up some wedding magazines, you think you’re prepared, but you’re probably not. We’re here to give you tips to help with planning your big day! 
  • STEP 1: Create a NEW email to correspond with your wedding vendors. This will help you keep all of your receipts and inquires separate from your primary email that you’ve had since 5th grade (#bballangel87). It’s a great idea if you and your fiancé or mom, maid of honor, etc. are planning your wedding together. Anyone you need help from can access your wedding email without seeing what you’ve purchased from Amazon 4 years ago. We’ve seen examples such as: bride_groom_lastname@gmail.cominitials_lastname_wedding@gmail.com, etc. 
  • STEP 2: Create a Pinterest if you haven’t already. This will help put all of your ideas in one spot. I shared mine with my mom and bridesmaids so they could see what style I was looking for. They had the option to pin to my board, as well! 
  • STEP 3: Create a Snapchat filter! This is SO COOL! You can create your own Snapchat filter for all of your wedding guests! You can even do this for your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower! Follow this link for more information: https://www.snapchat.com/geofilters 
  • STEP 4: Create a hashtag for your wedding! Make a sign at your wedding so people know what to hashtag and you can view their photos online before your wedding photos are finished! It will allow you to see how much fun they had when you couldn’t be by each guest’s side all night! You can even document the entire process of your wedding planning if you choose your hashtag early enough! TIP: Make sure the hashtag isn’t taken already by searching for it on Instagram & Twitter! 
  • STEP 5: Begin your wedding budget. This is so crucial to create before you start meeting with your vendors! You don’t want to go into a consultation unprepared. Do some research and find what general prices are for vendors in your area. 
  • STEP 6: Bring everyone to the wedding consultation that is helping you in the decision-making process. You don’t want to waste time going to a consultation, LOVING the caterer, only to find out that your fiancé has already been in contact with a caterer within your wedding budget. This seems obvious because you’re both great at communicating, but you’d be surprised at the things you’ll miss the mark on because you’re planning the biggest celebration party of your life!! 
  • STEP 7: Begin your guest list BEFORE you look at venues! You’ll need to have a general guest count to make sure you can fit all of your guests! When a venue says “200 maximum capacity” they don’t mean 250 guests! The maximum guests count isn’t suggestive. Fire Marshals are no joke. 


post1IT’S HERE!!! Our bi-annual Bubbly & Boudoir Party! This is a full day of back to back boudoir sessions that we offer at an exclusive price! Contact us TODAY to reserve your spot (262) 757-5260 or at smile@cmaedesign.com

DATE: November 19th 2016
VENUE: The Farm At Dover (26060 Washington Ave. Dover, WI 53139)
STYLIST: Jillian Doherty  http://www.jilliandoherty.com
LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: Cassandra Spiegelhoff (Owner of C.Mae Design LLC)

PACKAGE ONE $550 + tax
– Professional hair and makeup styling by our celebrity stylist Jillian Doherty
– 40 minute photography session
– 2 outfits
– 10 edited images
– Private & password protected online gallery with FREE downloads. Option to purchase additional prints.

PACKAGE TWO $650 + tax
– Professional hair and makeup styling by our celebrity stylist Jillian Doherty
– 1 hour photography session
– 3 outfits
– 15 edited images
– Professionally printed “Little Black Book” highlighting your images from the session.
– Private & password protected online gallery with FREE downloads with option to purchase additional prints

– Must be 21 or older to participate
– Only 8 sessions available so CONTACT US NOW! call or text 262-757-5260
– 50% down required to reserve your session (non-refundable)
– Payment is due in full at the time of your session. We accept cash, check, or credit card.

To book your session or questions please contact us at (262) 757-5260 or at smile@cmaedesign.com

Your Wedding Playlist

Choosing wedding songs can be extremely difficult. Each moment of your
day is worthy of having it’s own special experience. And since every
bride deserves to have her memorable experience as well, we’ve Youtubed,
Googled, and searched countless playlists from Pandora and Spotify to
narrow down some of our favorite wedding songs for your Processional and
First Dance! We’d love for you to comment and add to our list!

Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling in Love

John Legend – You & I

John Legend – All of Me

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark

The Lumineers – Dead Sea

Train – Marry Me

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

Cat Power – Sea of Love

The XX – Angels

Dave Matthew’s Band – Dreamgirl

Regina Spektor – Real Love