Bindi Irwin reveals she changed wedding venue at the last minute to protect animals from paparazzi

One of our favorite celebrities is Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin who has become a star conservationist and animal advocate.

The whole Irwin family has worked to keep Steve’s mission alive, running the Australia Zoo and saving the lives of countless animals in need.

We were so happy for Bindi earlier this spring when she got married in a private ceremony. But recently Bindi revealed how she made a last-minute wedding day change of plans, sacrificing her dream venue to help out her animal friends.

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Bindi got engaged to her boyfriend Chandler Powell last July, after he proposed on her 21st birthday.

After months of planning, everything was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like so many couples during this time, they had to adjust their wedding plans to a small family-only ceremony at the Australia Zoo to comply with crowd size regulations.

“We changed our wedding date the night before we got married but we were determined to let love win,” Bindi wrote on Instagram. “Everything from the cake to the flowers were different.”

But that didn’t stop some unwanted guests from crashing the party: paparazzi flew overhead in helicopters looking for a shot.

Even worse, the sound of the helicopters above the zoo was scaring the animals. Bindi realized this, and made another sacrifice on her big day for their wellbeing: she moved the ceremony indoors.

“We had to leave our stunning wedding venue on the African Savannah for their safety,” Bindi wrote. “I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many years.”

While it wasn’t the wedding day she always dreamed of, things worked out in the end.

Searching for another venue on the grounds, Bindi remembered a filming barn where she had shot episodes of The Crocodile Hunter and Bindi the Jungle Girl with her family as a child.

She realized it would be a perfect place to hold the ceremony. Bindi, her fiancee, and the zoo staff hurried to move the wedding inside.

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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. ❤️

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No one’s wedding goes 100% according to plan, and Bindi took all these last-minute changes in stride, just happy to be getting married to the man she loves.

“I watched love win,” Bindi wrote. “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.”

“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.”

Bindi Irwin is such an inspiration: even on her wedding day, she was still putting animals first.

We’re glad everything worked out in the end. Congrats again to the happy couple! Share this story!