26 March 2020 04:35
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, wed on Wednesday at her family's Australia Zoo, in an event that spurred online protest as it came just hours before a ban on ceremonies with more than two witnesses took effect. Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, poses at the launch of her new family show on the Animal Planet television channel in London, Britain, September 26, 2018. Picture taken September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Will Russell Irwin posted a wedding snap on social media late Wednesday, saying: "We held a small ceremony and I married by best friend." "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," Irwin said.
Images of a wedding dress glimpsed from under a huddle of umbrellas at the family's Australia Zoo in northeastern Queensland state were broadcast on TV on Wednesday less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison imposed a limit of just five people at weddings - the couple, a celebrant and two witnesses - from Wednesday midnight, to rein in the spread of a coronavirus. Ahead of her tweets, when images of the wedding first appeared, outraged viewers complained Irwin was setting a bad example amid nationwide coronavirus lockdowns. "How many people will get #COVID-19 from this wedding?" one person asked on Twitter, referring to the disease spread by the virus. Powell said on social media he had met Bindi at the zoo, where he now works, six years ago. "After almost a year of planning, we changed everything so we could have safe & small private ceremony at our home, Australia Zoo," he said in a post early on Thursday.
Bindi Irwin leapt to fame as a child when her quirky conservationist father, whose television programs were popular around the world, died in 2006, after a stingray's barb pierced his heart while he was filming off the Great Barrier Reef. She won reality show Dancing with the Stars in the United States in 2015, when she was 17. Bindi Irwin tied the knot with her American beau Chandler Powell in a surprise wedding ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. And while the 21-year-old looked absolutely breathtaking in a lace and tulle gown, she certainly didn't disappoint with her accessories. Bindi kept her look simple and chic for the ceremony, wearing a stunning lace hairband which sat elegantly to the back of her hair. Here comes the bride! Bindi Irwin, 21, (R) kept it simple but chic as she chose a striking lace hairband for her lavish wedding to Chandler Powell, 23, (L) on Wednesday night The lace accessory was the perfect addition to her classic look, matching the lace used on the bodice of her gown. The accessory complemented her chestnut brown tresses, which she wore in loose waves for the special occasion. Bindi opted for a glossy make-up style for her big day, choosing a dewy foundation which she paired with dark mascara and a matte lipstick. Pure elegance: The lace accessory was the perfect addition to her classic look Family ties! Bindi paid tribute to her mother Terri with her choice of wedding dress, which was remarking similar to what she wore at her wedding to Steve Irwin 27 years ago. She stunned in a breathtaking white gown, which featured elegant lace in a floral pattern on the sleeves and bodice. The lace sleeves in particular are a tell-tale sign Bindi was inspired by her mother. Last-minute ceremony: Bindi, 21, and her professional wakeboarder husband, 23, married at Australia Zoo, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday evening (AEST) Bindi and her professional wakeboarder husband, 23, married at Australia Zoo, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday evening (AEST). They made the 'difficult decision' to have no guests present to keep the community safe as the number of coronavirus cases in Australia continues to rise. The family had planned the wedding for nearly a year but decided at the last minute to hold a 'small ceremony' without guests due to the pandemic.