Apple Celery Julep

I hope you are thirsty... I worked on a series of signature cocktail recipes for Snippet and Ink with Paula Le Duc Fine Catering that will be rolling out weekly this summer. Here is the first recipe these tasty apple celery juleps from the beverage team at Paula Le Duc Fine Catering. Tune in to Snippet and Ink every Wednesday to catch the other drinks. 


• glass – silver julep cup
• method – shake & strain
• garnish – leafy celery top; thin green apple slice
• 1 oz. Vodka
• 1/2 oz. Akvavit
• 1 oz. PLDFC house-made celery cordial
• 1/2 oz. German Apple Liqueur
• 3/4 oz. fresh Lemon Juice
• 2 sprigs of lemon thyme



Add all ingredients above, shake and strain into silver cup over crushed ice, top up with more crushed ice to form a mound.

Romantic Gold Wedding Inspiration

It was great getting to work with some of my favorite wedding professionals to produce this shoot. It started with the China Cabin in Tiburon, an intimate event space with beautiful 22k gold leaf detailing throughout the interior. Shannon Leahy was inspired to explore a different- old meets new- design based on China Cabin. Lots of rich gold and yellow toile flowed into all areas of this concept. Shannon pulled a custom linen, gold flatware and gilded plates (from Frances Lane), gold candelabras and chairs. Anne from Mira Aster created a stunning paper suite with the toile fabric sewn to the printed paper with gold thread and a folded-book style invite. Amber from Sweet on Cake brought the toile and the architectural detailing into a custom wedding cake for us. San Francisco bridal designer, Trish Lee, let us use her brand new 2014 gowns. My favorite florist, Max Gill, made rich burgundy arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and the floral crown. It was really fun getting to see this concept come together and I hope people might find some inspiration for their wedding as well.  To top it all off, this shoot was featured on Snippet and Ink today!


Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: China Cabin / Event planner: Shannon Leahy Events Dresses: Trish Lee / Shoes: Valentino / Stationery: Mira Aster / Floral designer: Max Gill / Rentals: Hartmann StudiosFrances LaneOne True Love / Cake: Sweet on Cake / Linens: LaTavola / Hotel Welcome Gift: Shannon Leahy Events