Some happy news! Bind Irwin revealed she officially married longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell in a private ceremony amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak on March 25.

“We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now,” Bindi, 21, gushed alongside a photo of the newlyweds kissing during their nuptials on Wednesday morning. “We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding.”

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The daughter of late TV star Steve Irwin said while “this was a very difficult decision” considering the unprecedented pandemic, it was important for the couple “to keep everyone safe.” Since the deadly virus became widespread across the globe, countries have implemented social distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however, it’s lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos,” Bindi explained. “Right now, we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history.”

As Bindie, the Jungle Girl star went on about her highly-anticipated nuptials, she revealed some sweet details of how they “celebrated life and reveled in every beautiful moment” at the Australia Zoo gardens. Although friends and family stayed at home, mom Terri Irwin and brother Robert Irwin were both in attendance.

“Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad’s memory,” she gushed. “We shared tears and smiles and love. Thankfully, since we all live at Australia Zoo as a family, we could be there for each other. To everyone reading this — stay safe, social distance and remember LOVE WINS!”

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Fans were elated over Chandler, 23, and Bindi’s sweet surprise as they flooded her comments sections with heartfelt wishes. “Congratulations 💖 you look beautiful and so happy. Wishing you the most amazing marriage!” one fan wrote, while another echoed, “Congratulations!! Your love story is truly beautiful.” A third user added, “I’m sure your dad was smiling down.”

Before the longtime lovebirds announced their engagement in July 2019, Bindi previously joked about the timeline of their relationship. During an interview in 2017, she explained why they weren’t in any rush to get married at the time.

“We’re really enjoying the moment, adventuring around the world and having fun,” Bindi exclusively dished to In Touch Weekly. “We’re so busy with everything, we haven’t had time to think about the pressure. We’ll let you know!”

Congratulations, Bindi and Chandler!

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