To maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus, Bindi Irwin had no guests at her wedding
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late, great, wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, announced her wedding to fiancé Chandler Powell on Instagram today.
The adorable couple tied the knot — where else? — at the Australia Zoo, where they both live and work together. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bindi and Chandler decided to forgo having guests attend their wedding.
“March 25th, 2020. We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend,” she captioned the adorable wedding photo. “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.”
Last summer, Bindi, 21, announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend and professional wakeboarder, Chandler Powell. She shared a sweet letter she wrote to her dad about the big moment and how her little brother had stepped in to support her in their dad’s place. “Dad, You would be so incredibly proud of Robert. He has been such an amazing support during this beautiful new life chapter,” she shared at the time. “I know you’d be beaming with pride when the time comes that he walks me down the aisle.”
As for her actual ceremony, Bindi admits it was “difficult but important” to make the decision to keep everyone safe by getting married with only her mother and brother in attendance.
“Right now we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history,” she continues. “Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens.”
She says her mom, Terri, helped her get ready and her brother walked her down the aisle. They also lit a candle in their father’s memory, to honor him on their big day. The day before her wedding, Bindi shared another photo of her dad, and a tear-jerking message: “Thank you for being my guiding light. You’re always with me.”
Bindi says she and her new husband will share photos and videos with everyone who couldn’t be there in person to witness them say “I do.”
“We shared tears and smiles and love,” she concludes. “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!”