7NEWS recorded footage of the intensive wedding preparation yesterday afternoon and this morning, Bindi Irwin confirmed the news herself by sharing a wedding pic on Instagram.
"March 25th 2020 ❤️ We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. 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." wrote Bindi.
"This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it's lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos. Right now we're encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history. Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad's memory. We shared tears and smiles and love. 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!"
"The best day of my life. I love you so much❤️," Chandler commented, amid well wishes from the likes of Millie Bobby Brown and Melissa Joan Hart aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Chandler also shared the snap, writing: "We're finally married! ❤️ Today, March 25, 2020, marks the most amazing day of my life. I married my best friend. After almost a year of planning, we changed everything so that we could enjoy a safe and small private ceremony at our home, Australia Zoo. As we embark on this new life chapter I hope that we can share some love in the world, especially during this challenging time."
In the comments, alongside a thrilled Rove McManus, Bindi gushed: "You're my husband ❤️ I love you beyond description. Thank you for the most beautiful day of my life."
Bindi's brother Robert also posted the picture on his Instagram, writing that it was a "day that we will never forget", and invoking their late father, Steve. "Bindi and Chandler, words cannot describe how happy and proud I am that today you started your married life and celebrated love during a difficult time for our world. And I was beyond honoured to get to walk Bindi down the aisle today. Even though all of your wedding plans had to change at the last minute to keep everyone safe and healthy, it truly was an emotional and beautifully spontaneous day . . . I know that Dad was with us, and we are all so delighted for your future as husband and wife. I love you both."
Terri shared Bindi's Instagram post to Twitter, also referring to her late husband: "I am so very happy for you both. Your love shines bright in a world that needs a lot of hope and love right now. I know that Steve would be incredibly proud. Love wins!"
Bindi announced her engagement to Chandler on her 21st birthday, in July last year. "On my birthday I said 'yes' & 'forever' to the love of my life," she wrote on Twitter. "Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you & every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure & true happiness. Here's to a lifetime of friendship, purpose & unconditional love." Chandler proposed at Australia Zoo, where the couple met in 2013.
Earlier this month, Bindi posted pictures of her wedding bouquet, which she chose with help from Chandler and Robert.
In a video for Animal Planet, Bindi explained their choice to rush to have the wedding before further COVID-19 restrictions on weddings were put in place. "We feel for everybody around the world during this current world crisis. These are such challenging times we're facing right now, but we have to band together and remember that love always wins."
"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.
"We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it's lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos. Right now we're encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history."
- Additional reporting by Kate McGregor.