People’s lives have been altered considerably due to the coronavirus pandemic. Plans have been changing, including travel plans and many social gatherings.
Although some of those plans are changing, they haven’t been ruled out altogether. It is more a matter of getting creative and moving forward rather than letting the pandemic stop things altogether. We can often see the creativity come out the pictures that have been shared of unique events that still follow social distancing guidelines.
One couple that had to alter their plans is Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell. More than likely, you are familiar with Irwin, either from her time on Dancing with the Stars or because of her famous father, Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter.
Bindi is no longer a little girl and now that she is 21 years old, she was ready to tie the knot. It happened in March, even though the pandemic was in full swing. The couple decided not to allow their wedding plans to be put on hold indefinitely. Rather, they decided to get creative and move forward, although Irwin did say in an Instagram post that it wasn’t exactly what she was hoping it would be.
Perhaps the biggest downfall was the fact that they couldn’t celebrate with their friends and family due to the pandemic. In fact, there weren’t any guests at the wedding. In addition, the wedding ceremony had to be moved indoors at the last minute because the paparazzi were flying in a helicopter overhead. Originally, the wedding was to take place on the African Savanna at the Australia Zoo. It ended up taking placec where she used to film the “Bindi The Jungle Girl” series and where her father had filmed “Crocodile Hunter,” in a barn indoors.
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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. ❤️
Emotions were running high, which is completely understandable. She missed her father and wished that he had been there with her by her side. He may not have been there physically but he was still honored in a very special way during the wedding.
Entertainment Tonight interviewed Irwin about the wedding day and how she honored her late father. You can see more in the following video:SKM: below-content placeholder