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"I married my best friend." Everything we know about Bindi Irwin's intimate, last minute wedding.

Bindi Irwin and her fiancé, Chandler Powell, got married just hours before new social-distancing restrictions banning weddings attended by more than five people came into play.

“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,” the 21-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo with her groom.

The couple, who met at Queensland’s Australia Zoo, tied the knot there, where she and her family live.

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Bindi said she and Chandler had been forced to “change everything” after nearly a year of planning, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to restrictions on weddings to help stop the spread.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin and brother Robert Irwin were present, with Robert walking his sister down the aisle. There was a tribute to Bindi’s father, Steve Irwin, who was killed in 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his heart, when Bindi was just eight.

 

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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!

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“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!”

Chandler shared the same image to his Instagram, announcing “I married my best friend”.

“As we embark on this new life chapter, I hope that we can share some love in the world, especially during this challenging time.”

Under new laws announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday night, weddings will be restricted to five people and under as of midnight Wednesday night.

“Weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. No more than five people and the four square metre rule has to be observed within the venue in which that is taking place,” he told media.

“But, large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won’t be possible under these new arrangements.”

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Bindi and Chandler were engaged on her 21st birthday at Australia Zoo last July, after six years together.

“On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life,” the TV personality and conservationist wrote.

“Chandler, close to six 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 forwarding 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!”

Chandler also posted his announcement on Instagram.

“She said YES! Almost six years ago we met at Australia Zoo. I immediately fell head over heels for her kind and thoughtful heart that radiates so much light,” he wrote.

“Proposing in her very favourite place in the zoo, surrounded by animals, seemed like the perfect way to embark on this incredible new chapter in our lives. Bee, I love you more than anything in this world and I always will.”

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Feature image: Instagram/@bindisueirwin.

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