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A rushed ceremony and tributes to Steve: Everything we know about Bindi Irwin's TV wedding special.

Just before the new COVID-19 restrictions around weddings came into force in Australia in March, Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell called off the lavish wedding event they’d planned for April and instead held a spur of the moment ceremony at Australia Zoo.

Prior to the pandemic reshuffle of their special day, it had been announced that their wedding would be captured on camera for a special TV event, but after the change of plans, fans were left wondering whether or not the TV show would go on as planned.

Luckily for all the die-hard romantics out there, Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding will be available to watch in Australia from Saturday, July 18, at 6:30pm on Animal Planet, via Foxtel.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding promises an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the preparations leading up to Bindi and Chandler’s wedding day and all the challenges they faced along the way.

“Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding promises an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Bindi and Chandler's wedding day.” Source: Animal Planet.

The footage will also feature special moments of the couple and their family including Robert Irwin walking his sister down the aisle, Bindi lighting a candle to honour her father during the ceremony, and plenty of appearances by residents of Australia Zoo such as koalas, macaws, giraffes and snakes.

"Just weeks before their wedding day, planned for April 4, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the couple to make difficult decisions and drastic changes to the wedding of their dreams," Animal Planet said via a statement. "Opting instead for a beautiful private ceremony with only family in attendance."

Bindi Irwin’s wedding included plenty of appearances by residents of Australia Zoo including koalas, macaws, giraffes and snakes. Source: Animal Planet.
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Newly released photos from Animal Planet ahead of the TV special show how Bindi and Chandler honoured her late father Steve Irwin - who died September 4, 2006, at age 44, after he was pierced by a stingray while working on an underwater film - throughout the day.

The wedding day set-up included a portrait of Steve and his beloved dog Sui next to a bouquet of flowers tied with a khaki ribbon, matching Bindi's bridal bouquet.

Bindi and Chandler announced their engagement in July 2019, after getting engaged on Bindi's 21st birthday

The couple met in November 2013 when Chandler was visiting Australia for a professional wakeboarding competition and met Bindi while visiting Australia Zoo, where they both now work.

The TV special will show how Bindi and Chandler honoured her late father, Steve Irwin. Source: Animal Planet.

Following her surprise wedding, Bindi shared a wedding picture to her Instagram account with a caption explaining the couple's decision to press ahead with a smaller scale wedding.

"We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend," she wrote. "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.

"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!"

Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding will air Saturday, July 18, at 6.30pm on Animal Planet, available on Foxtel.


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