We’ve got a very fun shoot to share with you guys today, that we just had to squeeze in before the end of the summer (it’s a balmy 31°C in London today!)

Whether you’re planning an engagement party, a bridal shower, or a casual poolside wedding, this shoot is laden down with ideas for healthy catering, a one of a kind cake (cheese please!) and bright decor.

Photographed by Alex Nardulli and designed by Saving Grace Occasions, with watermelons, flamingos and emojis, this shoot was always going to be one after our own hearts!

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Before you scroll down to check out this fun shoot, read more about the inspiration behind it, from Grace Freeman of Saving Grace Occasions.

About the Shoot

Some of my favorite things about summer are poolside parties, delicious treats and fresh fruit and veggies.

At one of my recent trips to the local farmers market, I was picking out the perfect watermelon when inspiration hit me: My next project would pay tribute to the summer fruit that cures even my most intense cravings and keeps me cool all the while: watermelon!

Not only is watermelon delicious, but its also pretty — and I’ve always wanted to make a watermelon cake!

With notices of summer engagements popping up more and more on my Facebook feed lately, I knew this was my chance: I was going to plan an engagement party shoot geared towards fresh & fun summer colors, cuisine and trends.

Brainstorming a light dinner to enjoy before indulging in out guilt-free alternative to sugary cake, I thought I’d create a zoodle bar for the occasion. “Noodles”, or zucchini noodles, are a creative and healthy replacement for pasta. There are TONS of recipes for you to try. 

Bright colors, a real-life couple as sweet as can be, and fun additions like this Forever 21 ear cuff and a DIY cocktail umbrella backdrop made for a perfect evening by the pool.

To top it off, you know we had to put a bird on it. We couldn’t possibly leave out the flamingo floatie!

Summer Lovin’, had me a blast…

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Isn’t it fun? That cake is such a good idea for a health-conscious couple, and those emoji photobooth props are pretty cool too, don’t you think?

Thanks so much to Alex Nardulli and Saving Grace Occasions for sharing their summery engagement party inspiration with us!

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Photographer: Alex Nardulli / Planning, Design & Cake: Saving Grace Occasions / Hairstylist: Caity Margaret Beauty / Makeup Artist: Flawless / Invitations & Stationery: M Haley Design / Cuisine Inspired by: Alissandra Maffucci, Founder of Inspiralized / Dress & Ear Cuff: Forever 21 / Flatware, glassware and bowls: World Market