Bindi Irwin is loving life with her new husband, Chandler Powell, after the couple tied the knot at Australia Zoo on March 25th. The Crikey! It’s the Irwins star recently posted a pic of herself with Powell as they stood next to a giant Port Jackson Fig tree, and in the caption she revealed that it was a wedding gift from fellow Aussie and Gladiator star Russell Crowe.
Irwin’s post was actually a “Happy Birthday” message to Crowe, who turned 56 on Tuesday, April 7th. She also wrote in the caption that Crowe would “always be part of our family.”
“Even though we can’t see you right now, we’re giving the beautiful fig you gifted us a hug and thinking of you,” wrote Irwin. “Hope your day is extraordinary.”
In a second photo, Irwin showed the tree’s tag which revealed that the Port Jackson Fig – or ficus rubiginosa – was “presented” to Irwin and Powell to “commemorate their wedding.” The card was signed “Love from, Russell Crowe and Family.”
Unfortunately, Crowe was not able to attend Irwin and Powell’s wedding because Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison limited the number of people at weddings and other social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Irwin and Powell decided to cancel their planned big wedding that was supposed to take place on April 4th.
Instead of postponing their big day, the couple opted not to wait and changed their plans to an intimate ceremony. The only people in attendance were her mom Terri, her younger brother, Robert, her late father Steve Irwin’s best friend, Wes Mannion, plus “lots of animals.”
“There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now,” Irwin wrote on Instagram. “We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding.”
The 21-year-old bride also revealed that her mom helped her get ready for the ceremony and Robert walked her down the aisle. Irwin added that she and Powell lit a candle in her dad’s memory after they officially became husband and wife.
Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell met years ago when he was touring the Australia Zoo with his family. They announced their engagement in July 2019 after six years of dating. A special episode titled Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding will air on April 18th on Animal Planet so fans can see the couple’s entire wedding story.