Bindi Irwin Kept Her Last Name as a Tribute to Her Late Father Steve | 22 Words

It has been over 2 months since Bindi Irwin tied the knot with her childhood sweetheart and she has just revealed that she has decided to keep her surname as a tribute to her late father, Steve...

Bindi Irwin is best known as the animal-loving daughter of the late Steve Irwin.

The family owns Australia Zoo, which spans nearly 1000 acres and employs over four-hundred staff but was originally born from the tiny wildlife park that Steve's family moved to when he was just a child.

Bindi and her dad were very close...

And as a little girl, she would regularly feature on his documentaries.

Sadly, Steve passed away in 2006 from a stingray attack while filming in the Great Barrier Reef.

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At just 8-years-old, Bindi read out a eulogy during her dad's memorial service. We can't even imagine how hard that must have been.

Now, over a decade after her father's death, Bindi continues to follow in her father's footsteps, along with the rest of her family...

The Irwin family has kept Steve's legacy alive through their important work at Australia Zoo.

And as you'd expect, this is where Bindi met her now-husband, Chandler Powell.

The pair met when Chandler, who's now twenty-two, was visiting the zoo while in Australia for a professional wakeboarding competition.

They've now been together for almost 7 years.

The childhood sweethearts are quite literally a match made in heaven. Chandler exhibits the same passion for animals as the Irwin's, working with Bindi and her family at Australia Zoo in Queensland.

And on Bindi's twenty-first birthday...

She announced to her fans that they were engaged!

She shared this gorgeous snap on her Instagram...

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Bindi was reportedly celebrating her birthday surrounded by friends and family when Chandler popped the question.

We got a closer look at the ring in this picture...

Announcing the exciting news, Bindi wrote on her Instagram: "July 24th, 2019… On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life. Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forward to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose, and unconditional love. — Now let’s get married already!"

Here's what Chandler wrote on his Instagram...

"She said YES! Almost 6 years ago we met at Australia Zoo. I immediately fell head over heels for her kind and thoughtful heart that radiates so much light. Proposing in her very favorite place in the zoo, surrounded by animals, seemed like the perfect way to embark on this incredible new chapter in our lives. Bee, I love you more than anything in this world and I always will. Happy Birthday," he wrote. This is honestly the sweetest thing that we've ever read.

Of course, Bindi's younger brother, Robert, was quick to offer his congratulations to the happy couple.

The sixteen-year-old gave some brotherly love to his sister, writing that the couple are "true soulmates" and have "always been so completely perfect for each other."

And earlier this year, the happy day finally arrived.

On the 25th of March 2020, Bindi and Chandler finally said their "I do's" and became husband and wife.

It was a small and private ceremony...

"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. We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. 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 wrote on her Instagram.

They had no guests due to the recent restrictions from the pandemic...

"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. Right now we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history. Today we celebrated life and reveled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. 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 explained.

They got married in a secluded location where Steve used to regularly film...

And Bindi recently spoke fondly of the day and how she honored her late dad.

They felt their wedding location was "meant to be"...

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Speaking to PEOPLE, Bindi said: "Where we got married was such a special place to dad. It’s a beautiful little area where he had filmed for many years. It felt really wonderful and just meant to be."

Steve was with them throughout the entire ceremony...

"We had dad’s picture with his dog Sui blown up on an easel," she explained, "So mom and Robert were standing right next to dad as we exchanged vows. We had a candle-lighting ceremony for him, and it really felt like he was there with us. It was a lovely moment of peace and happiness."

And for an added touch...

Bindi's bouquet that she carried down the aisle was finished with a khaki bow, which was Steve's signature color. "Most brides have something blue; I had my khaki," she said.

Even though the pain of not having Steve with them is still very much real...

It looked like a truly wonderful day for the Irwins, and we're sure that Steve was looking down proudly.

Bindi and Chandler have now been married for over 2 months...

And they seem to be happier than ever.

But it has been revealed that Bindi and Chandler have decided to skip past one usual marriage tradition...

And that involves their surnames.

Bindi felt it was only right to keep her own surname.

Speaking to ET, Bindi said: "I’ve kept Bindi Irwin. I think that for me personally, after dad [Steve Irwin] passed away it was really important for me to feel close to him, and having his last name means so much to me."

Chandler added that they talked about the possible name change, but at the end of the day she's "an Irwin through and through."

"Chandler has become an Irwin now," Bindi said with a laugh. "It has become a part of me. Everyone has their own ideas, but the nice thing is that it's 2020 now, anything works!"

It's only right for Bindi to keep her dad's surname...

And at the end of the day, all that matters is the happiness of her and Chandler's new marriage together. For more on the Irwins, keep scrolling...