Bindi Irwin to honour late dad Steve at wedding with candle lighting ceremony
She's also going to walk down the aisle with a koala. Fair play.
Bindi Irwin is planning to honour her late father, Steve Irwin, at her upcoming wedding ceremony.
The Animal Planet star will be marrying Chandler Powell at the Australia Zoo where the pair first met and also where they got engaged.
And aside from the specific location - and the fact that she'll be walking down the aisle with a koala - Bindi also has plans to include her late father in the ceremony.
“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” she told PEOPLE Magazine.
“Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.
“We’ll have candle lighting ceremony. So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.”
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Dad, You would be so incredibly proud of Robert. He has been such an amazing support during this beautiful new life chapter. I know you’d be beaming with pride when the time comes that he walks me down the aisle. I wish you could be here for these moments, but I know that your spirit lives on in us ❤️
Steve Irwin passed way in 2006 following a stingray attack off the Australian coast while filming a new documentary series.
He was 44-years-old.
“Out of everyone in our family, Dad would always get the most emotional out of everyone,” Bindi said.
“We’re all very emotional people, but Dad, anytime we would achieve anything as kids, he would just start crying.
"I remember the first time I ever filmed with little ants on camera, I was telling the camera that these little ants are so important to protect and he just started crying.”
Bindi announced her engagement to her boyfriend of six years earlier this summer.
"I’m not sure how many people have walked down the aisle with a koala, but we may be setting some new trends for weddings from here on out," she said.
"We're so excited," added Chandler.
"It's where we met and where we got engaged so it only makes sense that we'd have it at Australia Zoo. I think this wedding is going to be unique because it's going to be at the zoo with tons of animals."
The couple also revealed that Bindi's big brother, Robert, will be walking her down the aisle on the day.