Bindi Irwin got married at the Australia Zoo, hours before stricter nationwide guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus went into effect
The 21-year-old conservationist, and daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Chandler Powell.
The location of the wedding ceremony is also where the pair first met and got engaged. They had been engaged since Bindi’s birthday, July last year, six years after meeting at the zoo.
Bindi recently wrote on an Instagram post:
“On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life,”
“Chandler, close to 6 years ago, I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forward to spending our forever together as your wife.”
“Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love—now, let’s get married already!”
The couple was planning a beautiful wedding with all of their friends and family, but due to the current social isolation, they had to hold an intimate ceremony.
Taking to Instagram, Bindi officially revealed their union writing:
“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.”
Despite holding the wedding ceremony before the government’s measure went into place, Bindi said they got married with no guests at the wedding. Her mother, Terri, helped her get ready, while Robert walked her down the aisle.
“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. Right now, we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history.”
Bindi also added it was fortunate they all lived at the zoo, saying:
“We shared tears and smiles and love. 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!”
Following Steve Irwin’s tragic death in 2006, his wife Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, have continued his legacy, owning and operating the Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.