The coronavirus pandemic caused some changes to Bindi Irwin’s dream wedding plans. Irwin tells People, “Even if it wasn’t by-the-book perfect, it was our perfect.”
Bindi’s Vows To Chandler
When I sat down to write my vows I found a that I couldn’t stop writing them. I started by sharing all the ways you make my life beautiful and I found myself writing close to a thousand words. Then I moved on to write about what an extraordinary person you are and I needed a new pen. Finally I wanted to share all my hopes for the future and I actually ran out of notebook paper. I sat back thinking about how there is no way to describe genuine, unconditional love. A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul. Marriage marks this incredible beginning and yet I feel like we’ve already experienced so much life together. We say all the time that it feels like we’ve been married for years. We’ve been a team through life’s wonderful highs and difficult lows. You’ve held my hand as we’ve run towards every new adventure that comes our way. It amazes me daily that you are so willing and excited to be part of our wild world. My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first. And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations. One of your jobs is to jump into the water with our biggest crocs to help encourage them home! They say there’s a moment when you know you’ve fallen in love with someone, for me it was watching you happily jump in the water with a 15 foot crocodile and then tell me how much you enjoyed it. You really are my soulmate. I call upon the people here present to witness that I, Bindi Irwin, take you, Chandler Powell, to be my wedded husband. I promise to love you with all my heart through every twist and turn the world brings our way. I promise to encourage your dreams and help you achieve them. I promise to stand beside you as your wife, team mate and friend. I promise to share an ‘I love you’ before I sleep each night no matter what our day has brought. I promise to be your strength and light when you need it. I promise to revel with you in each breathtaking moment we are given in this life. Chandler, thank you for loving me for me. You love me when I’m uncontrollably laughing or falling asleep by 6 p.m. You jump into every moment with me and validate what unconditional love really means. You’ve been my best friend for over six years. You have made me smile every day since I first met you. Every single day, you’ve managed to make me smile. That is amazing and so are you. My husband, my team mate and partner in conservation. To quote our favourite show, “I love you and I like you.”
Chandler’s Vows to Bindi
Beautiful Bindi Sue,
Almost seven years ago when we met here at the Zoo I had no idea the adventure that would be waiting for us. Who knew the stars that had to align for a guy from Seffner, Florida, and a girl from Beerwah, Queensland to be destined for each other to meet. You became my friend, best friend, and now I get to call you my wife. You are the most beautiful person alive inside and out. My favourite thing about you is your unending kindness for everyone. I think almost everyone we know can say they’ve received a bouquet of flowers from you at some point in time. Whether it’s caring for an animal in need or giving someone a compliment to brighten their day, I am amazed by your ability to be so considerate of our planet and every soul on it. You inspire me to be a better person every single day.
I call upon the people here present to witness that I, Chandler Powell, take you, Bindi Irwin, to be my wedded wife. I promise that we will always be a team. Whether it’s filming in the zoo or catching crocodiles, I will be right by your side. No matter what life throws our way, you can always count on the fact that we will be together through it all. I promise to appreciate every moment with you. You always say that “we are living the good old days days right now.” Let’s spend our days revelling in that each moment spent together is a miracle. I promise to always look on the bright side of life. To enjoy the best days with you, and help you find light in the more challenging of days. I promise to love you unconditionally. I am the luckiest man in the world to marry you, living our best life filled with wildlife, love and lots of khaki. I love you with everything I have.
Other Wedding Details
The wedding took place on March 25, 2020. The couple thought about postponing the nuptials originally scheduled for April 4th amid all the current pandemic madness. Bindi says, ” 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. We can take on the world together.”
The couple hoped for a 200 person wedding, but when the date was pushed forward, the only guests were “lots of animals”, Terri Irwin, Robert Irwin, and her late father Steve Irwin’s best friend, Wes Mannion.
Bindi is stunning in a custom sunflower lace wedding gown. Bindi dotes on her dress as she says to People, “I wanted something very similar because I’ve admired [my mom’s] dress since I was tiny.”
The bride honored her father by having the ceremony someplace special. “Where we got married was such a special place. It’s a beautiful little area where he had filmed for many years. It felt really wonderful and just meant to be,” says Bindi to People of the garden at the Australia Zoo.
Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding special premieres April 18th on Animal Planet. Stay tuned to TV Shows Ace for more television news.
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