Months after saying "I do," Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell still have that newlywed glow. The couple got married on March 25 in an intimate, surprise ceremony, just as the whole world began locking down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The two couldn't have looked happier while talking to ET’s Lauren Zima ahead of their Animal Planet special, Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Life in Lockdown, sharing how they've been spending their "honeymoon," and their favorite wedding day moment.
"It is amazing to have gotten married. We are so grateful to take on this new era as a married couple, but it has been a really funny time," Bindi, 21, shared. "We have spent our honeymoon here at Australia Zoo caring for 1,200 animals. It’s been really fun."
"It’s been slightly crazy," added Chandler. "So shortly after we got married, the zoo had to temporarily close which was unbelievable to everyone."
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Chandler, When I went to write my vows I found I couldn’t stop writing them. I started by sharing all the ways you make my life beautiful and wrote close to a thousand words. Then I moved on to write about what an extraordinary person you are and I needed a new pen. Finally I wanted to share all my hopes for the future and I ran out of notebook paper. I thought about how there is no way to describe genuine, unconditional love. A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul. Marriage marks an incredible beginning and yet I feel like we’ve already experienced so much life together. We say all the time that it feels like we’ve been married for years. We’ve been a team through life’s wonderful highs and difficult lows. You’ve held my hand as we’ve run towards every new adventure. My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first. And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations. One of your jobs is to jump into the water with our biggest crocs to help encourage them home! They say there’s a moment when you know you’ve fallen in love with someone, for me it was watching you happily jump in the water with a 15 foot crocodile and then tell me how much you enjoyed it. You are my soulmate. I promise to love you with all my heart through every twist and turn the world brings our way. I promise to encourage your dreams and help you achieve them. I promise to stand beside you as your wife, teammate and friend. I promise to share an ‘I love you’ before I sleep each night no matter what our day has brought. I promise to be your strength and light when you need a it. I promise to revel with you in each breathtaking moment we are given in this life. Chandler, Thank you for loving me for me. You love me when I’m uncontrollably laughing or falling asleep by 6pm. You validate what unconditional love really means. You’ve been my best friend for over six years. You’ve made me smile every day since I first met you. That’s amazing and so are you. My husband, my teammate and partner in conservation. To quote our favourite show, “I love you and I like you”.
Bindi added that their honeymoon has "quite literally been spent busier than any other time" in their life as they try to keep up with all of the animals and making sure the entire Australia Zoo team is take care of. "It's been a whirlwind to say it lightly. But it's been great. You know, I would expect nothing less of an Irwin honeymoon," the 21-year-old added.
The pair, meanwhile, loves introducing each other as husband and wife -- even if they don't get to do it as much as they'd like to right now. "It is so cool introducing you as my wife," Chandler told his lady love, with Bindi replying, "I love that and saying that this is my husband. We haven't really been able to say it to many people because everyone in the zoo already knows."
"No, we said it to a lot of animals," cracked Chandler.