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Tech investor and beauty queen slammed for trashing national landmark with their wedding

Tech investor and beauty queen slammed for trashing national landmark with their wedding

Andrew Chen and former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron had their wedding at the Utah landmark in September

A newlywed couple have been slammed for allegedly trashing a picturesque Utah landmark after having their big day there.

Over Labor Day weekend back in September, Andrew Chen and Emma Waldron tied the knot at Castleton Tower near the city of Moab.

Chen is a well-known tech investor for the hedge fund Andreessen Horowitz, while Waldron is a former Miss Ireland.

The newlyweds reportedly posted snaps and videos from their big day on social media.

But these posts have since been deleted from the web, though as we are all aware, once content is published, it is well and truly out there forever.

The couple got married in September.

One video apparently showed the bride in an off-the-shoulder wedding dress as she overlooked the desert and rock formations from sitting at a long table.

And as per the outlet Evoke, Waldron said in a now-deleted X (Twitter) post: "Still pinching myself, it was so special to take our families to our favorite place in the world to get married. One week down, a lifetime to go."

She reportedly retweeted an original post from her new hubby which read: "Big news! @EmmaBWaldron and I are married. We did it in Moab UT (next to castleton tower) next to the red rocks and with our immediate family. The ceremony had us giving some longish vows, we had a beautiful dinner (vid below), then some dancing! Next week, Japan for the honeymoon!"

Problems arose just a day after the wedding on 3 September as Castle Valley Councilor Pamela Gibson said the site was found in a bit of a mess.

Gibson claimed there were 'effectively four days where the public could not enjoy what it should be able to enjoy'.

Images that were allegedly taken after the wedding shows heaps of furniture and bags scattered across the Utah landmark, with tire marks visible in smashed vegetation.

Some of the rubbish allegedly left in the aftermath of the wedding.
Pamela Gibson

When Gibson returned the following day, she claimed that the furniture was no longer there but the site was still covered in ripped-open trash bags, broken glass and cardboard.

Despite now being two months after the celebration, Gibson told the San Francisco Gate that she is still finding broken glass at the landmark.

In an email to Gibson and Castle Valley Mayor Jazmine Duncan on 7 September, officials claimed the couple had received permission from the Bureau of Land Management to host a 'simple wedding ceremony with one small tent' at the base of the rock formation.

However, Gibson and other local residents were shocked to find the 'extravaganza' of a wedding was much larger that was initially anticipated.

UNILAD has reached out to the couple and the Bureau of Land Management for comment.

Featured Image Credit: X/@andrewchen/Pamela Gibson

Topics: US News, Celebrity