Popular landmark ‘trashed’ with bin bags and litter after couple’s wedding ceremony
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From a few smashed champagne flutes and cake crumbs to split red wine and discarded flower petals - I'm sure we've all been somewhat responsible for a little wedding party mess throughout our lifetimes.
However, much of the typical untidiness made at wedding ceremonies is fairly easy to clean up with some anti-bac wipes, carpet cleaner and a good going over with the hoover.
But, it seems not every wedding party is as mindful of their mess after one popular landmark was left absolutely 'trashed' with bin bags and litter after a couple's special day.
Investor Andrew Chen, and Emma Waldron, a former Miss Ireland, tied the knot at Castleton Tower, near the town of Castle Valley in Utah, over Labor Day Weekend a few months back and their ceremony proved to be quite the controversy.
The couple reportedly posted pics and videos from their big day on social media but they have since been deleted.
The wedding venue in question was a 400-foot tall sandstone tower that sticks out above a 1,000-foot high peak, next to the state's famous red rocks.
According to the US Bureau of Land Management, the landmark is 'probably the most famous desert tower in the world'.
The pair's application to host their big day at the location reportedly said it would consist of a 'simple wedding ceremony with one small white tent', in a document obtained by the Moab Times-Independent.
The doc assured the Bureau of Land Management that the wedding would be a small a ceremony and reception with 12 guests and that no outside businesses would be involved.
Alongside this, the document mapped out that the only equipment would be non-amplified music as well as a 'small shade tent'.
However, the morning after the wedding (3 September), Castle Valley City Councilmember Pamela Gibson rocked up to the scene only to reportedly discover a total mess of the site signalling a much larger celebration than what was previously agreed upon.
Gibson claimed she had 'visual blight' at what was before her eyes; a littering of tables, chairs, catering equipment, rubbish and food scraps.
It's said there were also discarded glass candles, some of which had been smashed, as well as rubbish bins laying on their sides.
"I was shaking I was so mad," Gibson told the outlet.
A California-based rental company’s truck reportedly later made its way to the area to take the rubbish away.
Gibson then returned to the site the following day and claimed that while much of the furniture had been removed, remnants of cardboard and bin bags remained with several ripped open by scavenging animals leaving litter and food waste all over the place.
Luckily, a couple days later, the scene appeared to be cleaned up however the wedding had still impacted the area with off-road tire tracks and crushed surrounding vegetation.
Gibson added: "That huge truck was just too wide for the road so it was squashing all the vegetation.
"It was just a mess."
LADbible Group has reached out to the couple and the Bureau of Land Management for comment.