'We Didn't Have Guests': Bindi Irwin Shares First Photo Of Wedding Held Hours Before Coronavirus Restrictions Enforced
Bindi Irwin has confirmed she married her fiancé Chandler Powell at a "small ceremony" at Australia Zoo on Wednesday, hours before tough new coronavirus restrictions were enforced.
Sharing their first photo as a married couple, Irwin said she had been planning the day for almost a year but made the "difficult decision" to have no guests due to safety concerns around the Covid-19 outbreak.
"We held small ceremony and I married my best friend," she said in a post shared to Instagram late on Wednesday night.
"There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now."
"We wish all our friends and family could have been there with us, however, it's lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos."
Irwin said her mum, Terri, had helped her get ready, before her brother, Robert, walked her down the aisle.
She and Chandler later lit a candle in memory of her late father Steve Irwin.
"Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens," Irwin said.
"We shared tears and smiles and love."
Robert Irwin also shared a photo of the wedding ceremony on Wednesday night, saying he was "beyond honoured" to have walked his sister down the aisle.
"This is a day we will never forget," he said.
"I know that dad was with us, and we are all so delighted for your future as husband and wife."
Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, footage of the Australia Zoo was broadcast online by the Seven Network in Queensland.
The footage showed what appeared to be a bridal party, huddling under white umbrellas in an attempt to conceal the bride.
Irwin's wedding was held less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced tough new restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend a wedding ceremony.
According to the new rules, set in place to curb the spread of coronavirus, just five people (the couple set to marry, their celebrant and witnesses) may be present at ceremonies going forward.
The sweeping restrictions -- which include limits on certain businesses, funerals and weddings -- came into effect at midnight on Wednesday.
On Wednesday Irwin encouraged everyone to "stay safe, social distance and remember love wins".
"Right now we're encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history."
Irwin met her American-born husband at the zoo almost seven years ago.
The couple announced their engagement on her 21st birthday last July.
"On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life," Irwin wrote next to a photo of her with Powell last year.
The lifelong wildlife warrior has spoken about how important it was for her to honour her father's memory by tying the knot the zoo.
Terri and Robert shared their joy over the exciting engagement news last year with Terri writing on social media that it was the "best day ever".
"I am so very happy, and I know Steve would be too," she said of her husband, who tragically died in 2006.
Irwin often pays tribute to the special connection she shared with her father. She posted a photo of her and her dad on Instagram on Tuesday, on the eve of her wedding.
"Thank you for being my guiding light," she wrote. "You're always with me".
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