Bindi Irwin and her new husband, Chandler Powell, were forced to change even more details about their wedding than the public previously realized.
The couple, who got engaged on Bindi’s 21st birthday in 2019, originally planned to marry on April 4 in front of 200 guests at the Australia Zoo. But the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans.
Bindi and Chandler told People they thought about postponing their nuptials until they could celebrate with all of their family and friends. “We thought about postponing, because you want to share this day with everyone, but when it boiled down to it, we both just said, ‘Look, we desperately want to get married, and no matter what the future holds, at least we’ll be husband and wife,” Bindi said.
So Bindi and Chandler decided to get married right away, with the only guests in attendance being her mother, Terri, her brother, Robert, and her late father’s best friend, Wes Mannion. They married on March 25, a few days earlier than they first intended.
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March 25th 2020 ❤️ 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. Right now we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history. Today we celebrated life and revelled 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. 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!
The date change and the decision not to have any guests were two major departures from Bindi and Chandler’s original wedding plans. But it turns out they had to alter even more details about their special day than they previously let on.
In a post published to Instagram on May 30, Bindi revealed that she and Chandler also had to change their wedding cake and flowers since they made the choice to tie the knot early.
But an even bigger change came when the couple was forced to move the location of their ceremony. In her Instagram post, Bindi shared that she and Chandler intended to say their vows on the African Savannah in the Australia Zoo. It was the place where Bindi had dreamed of being married “for so many years.”
However, as they were getting ready to host the ceremony, Bindi said paparazzi flew over the Zoo in a helicopter. The animals were spooked by the helicopter, so Bindi and Chandler made a last-minute decision to move their wedding for their comfort and safety.
“On our wedding day we were finally about to get married and the paparazzi flew over us in a helicopter scaring our wildlife,” Bindi wrote. “We had to leave our stunning wedding venue on the African Savannah for their safety. I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many years.”
Bindi then remembered an old filming barn on Australia Zoo property that her family had used in the past. Wanting to keep their beloved animals safe, Bindi and Chandler made the call to move their wedding inside the barn.
“I watched love win. I was there in my wedding dress, husband-to-be by my side, moving tables and flowers and trying to make our day finally become a reality,” she said.
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This moment. My favourite wedding day photograph. This isn’t the fairytale image capturing the ‘perfect’ wedding day feeling. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. This picture was taken after we had to change our entire wedding. We decided not to have wedding guests due to the global crisis for everyone’s health and safety. Our family and friends couldn’t be there to celebrate with us. However, they all encouraged us to continue on and get married. From their love and support, we felt love win. We changed our wedding date the night before we got married but we were determined to let love win. Everything from the cake to the flowers were different. Thankfully, we worked with local businesses to make it happen. They helped love win. On our wedding day we were finally about to get married and the paparazzi flew over us in a helicopter scaring our wildlife. We had to leave our stunning wedding venue on the African Savannah for their safety. I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many years. At that moment I remembered the filming barn where I’d spent much of my life with my family working on Crocodile Hunter and Bindi The Jungle Girl. I knew we could make it work and our zoo crew helped us to move everything inside. I watched love win. I was there in my wedding dress, husband-to-be by my side, moving tables and flowers and trying to make our day finally become a reality. At one point I sat on a chair in the corner doing my best not to think about how overwhelming things seemed. I missed the people who couldn’t be there, my dad, Chandler’s family, our dear friends, my family. Chandler stopped what he was doing and sat next to me. I asked him to list me happy things. He proceeded to remind me that love ALWAYS wins. That’s when this picture was taken. Despite everything, we got married and I’ll forever be grateful. Sure, things weren’t perfect but that’s life. Life is messy and beautiful and meant to be felt. We were overcoming great obstacles to prove that unconditional love is the most important foundation. Our wedding day wasn’t what we planned but it was an extraordinary starting point for our marriage to bloom. ❤️
Even though nothing seemed to go according to plan when it came to their wedding, Bindi is forever grateful for the experience.
“Our wedding day wasn’t what we planned but it was an extraordinary starting point for our marriage to bloom,” she ended her Instagram post.
Despite all of the challenges that were thrown their way, Bindi and Chandler’s wedding was a stunning sight to see. Watch a video from their special day below.
Congratulations to Bindi and Chandler on their marriage! We wish them many years of love and happiness together.