Bloggers {Unveiled}: Summer Watkins from Grey Likes Weddings

Today’s lovely guest in the Bloggers {Unveiled} series is the lovely and stylish Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings! Summer is an absolute sweetheart and I’m so thrilled to have her visiting today for our weekly segment.

About the Blogger:

Under the guise of her nom de plume, GREY, stylist and curator, Summer Watkins compiles and blogs stylishly handsome finds for voracious lovers of the good and pretty. She’s an advocate for the proper treatment of details and is over the moon for fierce creativity, brave color palettes, and fashion inspired motifs.

Blogger {Unveiled}:

How did you get started in the wedding world?
In college, I stumbled upon a part-time job at Conroy’s Flowers. I ended up falling head-over-heels in love with flowers and learned how to put arrangements together. Friends started asking me to do flowers for their weddings, so after college, I spent the next decade doing freelance floral design as a side job.

What is your makeup staple?
I can’t live without my Lorac concealer. It brightens up my face, gets rid of any dark circles, and it’s got the best color and staying power of any concealer I’ve ever used. I also adore my Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. It keeps your makeup looking fresh all day!

What’s one thing that others don’t know about you?
I’ve got three really amazing sisters, each of whom is super talented, brilliant and absolutely hilarious. I feel so lucky that I ended up having them as siblings. It’s also a little known fact that I was once a college professor. I taught writing while I was in grad school, but it was one of the toughest jobs ever—grading papers was really tedious!

What’s one piece of advice you would give to others trying to get started with their own business?
Take it seriously. Starting a business isn’t about making money from a hobby. It’s really hard work and requires business savvy, dedication, and perseverance. Finding mentors and support is also really huge. You need to have people around you that can encourage you, bring you back to reality, keep you going, or reign you in. I’ve learned that you definitely can’t go it alone.

What is your favorite part about weddings?
It’s funny because I’m not married yet, so my perspective is completely from the observer’s point of view. But I love the idea that two families are becoming one. Each couple is bringing together their respective circles of friends and family. The idea is sometimes nerve wracking to me…what if Aunt Joan and cousin Bill don’t get along? But it’s such an amazing experience when you see people that are brought together because of a wedding. There is so much community and intimacy that results. It’s the reason I love the idea of having a small wedding—because that connection, not only between the bride and groom, but between this new “family” is so beautiful. Of course weddings are also the only excuse to bring together the best of fashion, music, food, and décor for a rocking party that’s meant to celebrate love. How can anything beat that?

What is your hobby outside of blogging {is there life outside blogging}?
I love to cook. I’m not a recipe kind of gal in the traditional sense. Usually if I want to make something new I’ll research lots of different recipes to see which techniques and ingredients I like. I end up picking and choosing my favorite elements from several recipes and make my own version. Forgoing an actual recipe makes it much easier to cook too. I’ll usually open a bottle of wine, turn on a pod cast, and really relax and be creative while I cook. There’s something so lovely about involving all of your senses in an activity. Cooking is really life giving—both metaphorically and literally.

To learn more about Summer, go here.  To see the entire lineup of lovely contributors to the Bloggers {Unveiled} series, click here and make sure to pop back in every Friday to get to know the people behind your favorite blogs!!

Happy Friday everyone!

  • Enjoyed this post very much. Took note of the beauty advise on products.
    Agree with the thoughts about couples becoming one big family.
    Really nice read! :D
    Yes, weddings are great to have a stylish party! Indeed!

    Joyce Goeppinger

  • Kristin @ Bona Fide Bride says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    Enjoyed reading this! I find it so interesting that ‘born’ creative people are usually ‘no recipe’ people when it comes to cooking, and the math/science brains tend to stick to the recipe… Have you ever noticed that? Thanks for sharing!

  • postcards and pretties says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    I heart Summer…she’s one of the most creative people out there. I love her style!!

  • Jill@TeenageBride says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    so lovely to meet you!

  • Diana says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    She has such a lovely blog and now we know she has a lovely personality! I love what she wrote about her sisters and about cooking and they way she cooks! Sounds like a great person to be around! :)

    Happy Weekend Jacin!

  • cailen says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    as usual, another great bloggers unveiled. going to check out her blog now!

    happy weekend!

  • Shana says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I love her advice on starting a business :)

  • Koru Kate says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    I heart this series- another great introduction to a blogger I didn’t know about before. I’m off to enjoy her blog~

  • Katherine {flower & honey} says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    I adore the Grey Likes blog. And now I adore its author! There is some seriously wonderful sage advice in this interview. Love it all :)

  • jenna ♥ a little blue says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    great interview! i am off to her blog now :)

  • erin @ chatty brides says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    Summer is an inspiration to me as a business person and a stylist. Her aesthetic is just so similar to things I love, esp. with the clean and sophisticated, yet fun design of her site and her shoots… I really do like what grey likes!

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    i love grey!

  • Lena says on April 15, 2011 Reply

    What a terrific interview, and such great insight!

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on April 17, 2011 Reply

    Love this series… and love Summer!! Her blog is one of my must have daily reads!! Such amazing style!

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