Dining Under Desert Skies

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It’s the ‘Chinese Year of the Sheep’ and what better way to celebrate this soft, nurturing, feminine energy, than with a little escape to Southern Utah, to dine under dramatic desert skies. The Sheep is the muse of the Chinese zodiac and an incredibly whimsical character. Al fresco dining seemed the only logical option to match the energy for a dinner celebration, themed after this illogical and lunar ruled creature. Our celebration of the Sheep year came to life as we set up a low dining area, filled with soft pillows, gorgeous floral by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, expensive wine, small bites, all at an amazing glamping venue (Moab Under Canvas), smack in the middle of some of the most beautiful desert scenery. Five creative, beautiful, and muse-ful ladies to dine with, completed the picture. Total bliss!

Sentimentality is big in the Sheep year and our dinner celebration was not lacking in this attribute. We were able to toast to our little community of complimentary creative talents, that have come together over this past year, each of us playing an influential role in creating much of the content that you will see on Cosmo Muse. These ladies have become very important in my life, and interestingly enough, have given so much depth to everything the Sheep year stands for: nurturing, creativity, poetry, whimsy, and community…

So here’s a toast to you: Britt Chudleigh, Tessa Woolf, Lauren Brady, and of course to our two models, Madi Owens & Erin Walsh, who so willingly, and graciously, jumped on our bandwagon and fit into our imaginative antics like a glove!

With a merry band of ladies, who all possess the Sheep as one of their four Chinese animals, whimsy and artistry collided in an epic way, making this desert dinner our arch de triumph. As only zanny sheep would do, we filled three cars to the brink of breaking through windows, battled through torrential rains, and came out the other side with magic and heart. This dinner signified so much more than a fete fit for our whimsical friend of the year, but as an illumination of just how important it is to celebrate those who lift you up, protect you and nurture your every good quality – and maybe some of your crazy ones too! Because what fun is life without a bit of kooky chaos?


Location: Moab Under Canvas, Moab, Utah

Art Direction & Words:
Allie Couch of Cosmo Muse

Photography: Britt Chudleigh of Britt Chudleigh Photography

Lauren Brady of Saucy & Kitsch

Wardrobe Consultant: Tessa Woolf, editor of Salt Lake Park City Bride & Groom magazine

Floral: Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral




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