Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell shocked the world earlier this year when they tied the knot in an impromptu ceremony at Australia Zoo, after the outbreak of Covid-19 rendered their original wedding plans untenable. But it turns out it wasn’t just their wedding day plans that coronavirus impacted, but also their honeymoon.
Speaking to Us Weekly, the wildlife warrior revealed she and her husband spent their honeymoon caring for the animals at the family’s Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
“Our honeymoon certainly wasn’t what we had originally planned,” she told the magazine. “It was an incredibly stressful time as Australia Zoo was flung into lockdown and we had no idea if or when our doors would be open again. It was heartbreaking and scary for all of us.
“We spent our honeymoon doing our best to care for our animals and zoo team hoping that things would get brighter. When Chandler surprised me with a picnic in the place we were supposed to get married (before a media helicopter flew in, scaring our animals and forcing us to move) I was overcome with emotion. Chandler is always my constant in life. No matter what is going on in the world he reminds me to find the sunshine in every day. He’s incredible and I feel very blessed to call him my husband.”
It comes after Bindi revealed she was forced to abandon her “dream” wedding plans, not only due to the spread of coronavirus, but after a paparazzi helicopter scared wildlife at the zoo rendering Bindi and Chandler’s original venue unsafe. The couple had intended to say ‘I do’ on the zoo’s African savannah, but they had to settle for a barn instead.
Bindi revealed the news in an emotional Instagram post last mont as she shared her “favourite wedding day photograph”, which shows her sitting in her stunning gown while Chandler stands smiling down at her, on social media.
“This isn’t the fairytale image capturing the ‘perfect’ wedding day feeling,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Bindi went on: “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.”
Bindi and Chandler tied the knot on March 25, with just three guests present.