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"Our wedding day wasn't what we planned"

"Our wedding day wasn't what we planned"

Bindi Irwin has blasted Australia’s major television networks for ruining her “dream wedding” to Chandler Powell on March 25.

She claimed news helicopters flying overhead had forced the couple to change the venue from the “African savannah” section of Australia Zoo to a nearby barn.

The 21-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo from her wedding day, captioning it: “This isn’t the fairytale image capturing the ‘perfect’ wedding day feeling. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.”

Bindi revealed the she and Chandler had wanted to say “I do” in the African savannah, but things went awry when someone tipped off the media.

“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,” she wrote. 

“I said goodbye to the place I had dreamed of getting married for so many years.”

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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. ❤️

A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on May 30, 2020 at 4:50am PDT

Making a split second decision, Bindi then chose to hold the event inside a barn instead.

“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,” she said. 

Bindi and Chandler's staff immediately got to work moving the wedding decor indoors.

“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,” she added. 

Bindi had felt “overwhelmed” by the chaos of the day, but calmed down when Chandler reminded her that “love always wins”.

“Our wedding day wasn't what we planned but it was an extraordinary starting point for our marriage to bloom,” he wrote.

The pair were originally meant to tie the knot on April 4, but were forced to move the date forward to March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.