Bindi Irwin paid tribute to her late father Steve Irwin by lighting a candle at the altar in his memory.
Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, tied the knot with her longtime partner Chandler Powell on Wednesday, just hours before the Australian government banned large weddings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, reported Entertainment Tonight.
The 21-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin took to Instagram to share a picture from her wedding day. In an adorable photo, Bindi is seen kissing Chandler after making things official and she is looking drop-dead gorgeous in her long-sleeve, lace gown, while Powell looked dapper in his button-up shirt and khakis for the big day.
Bindi wrote, "We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now. We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it’s lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos."
The couple got married in the gardens of Australia Zoo in Queensland. Opened by her grandparents in the 1970s, the zoo is still being run by the Irwin family. Since the entire Irwin family stays in the zoo, they were very lucky to attend the wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bindi also said that she and her husband are trying their best to encourage the world not to lose hope and love, rather hold on to it, as it will help us move forward during this difficult time.
She added, " Today we celebrated life and reveled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad’s memory. Thankfully, since we all live at Australia Zoo as a family, we could be there for each other. To everyone reading this - stay safe, social distance and remember LOVE WINS!" Her husband commented on the post, saying, "The best day of my life. I love you so much❤️"
Powell also shared the same image on his Instagram profile and it just proved how happy he was on this special day. He said, "I married my best friend. After almost a year of planning, we changed everything so that we could enjoy a safe and small private ceremony at our home, Australia Zoo. As we embark on this new life chapter I hope that we can share some love in the world, especially during this challenging time." Robert Irwin, Bindi's brother welcomed Powell, by commenting on his post, saying, "I couldn’t be happier to welcome you into our family ❤️ It was a beautiful day!"
Robert also shared the same image from his Instagram profile, saying, "Bindi and Chandler, words cannot describe how happy and proud I am that today you started your married life and celebrated love during a difficult time for our world. And I was beyond honored to get to walk Bindi down the aisle today. Even though all of your wedding plans had to change at the last minute to keep everyone safe and healthy, it truly was an emotional and beautifully spontaneous day. I know that Dad was with us, and we are all so delighted for your future as husband and wife. I love you both."
In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight last year, Bindi revealed her reason to get married at the Australia Zoo. She said, "The most important thing is getting married here at Australia Zoo because this is where I feel closest to dad. I want to make sure that my mom is there, my brother is there, and that it's a really close family event and we'll remember dad, whether it's a clip that we play of dad or something that just reminds us of him. But having the wedding here at Australia Zoo, that's what means the most with my family. It'll be really special. I'm excited, I'm really excited!"