Steve Irwin's Daughter Bindi Says She's Walking 'Down the Aisle With a Koala' | 22 Words

Bindi Irwin has come a long way from the little girl that made the sweetest cameo's in dad, Steve Irwin's, documentaries in the early '00s.

Since the untimely passing of Steve aka The Crocodile Hunter, in 2006, Bindi has managed to make a name for herself in both the television and music industry, following in her late father's footsteps with her passion for wildlife.

Most importantly, Bindi, along with the rest of the Irwin clan (mom, Terri, and brother, Robert) continue to keep Steve's legacy alive through the groundbreaking work that they do at Australia Zoo, where they live and work.

So, of course, the internet was suitably thrilled to see, not only that Bindi announced her surprise engagement on her 21st birthday, but that her now-finance proposed at Australia Zoo!

With wedding plans well and truly underway (keep scrolling for a glimpse of her dress!), news is in that her brother, Robert, will be walking her down the aisle and (and this is the best news of all) she'll walk down the aisle with a koala.

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

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 eight years old, Bindi read out a eulogy during her dad's memorial service. We can't 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-finance, Chandler Powell.

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

They've now been together for 6 years.

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

He regularly features on Bindi's social media.

Powell is clearly heavily involved with the family's conservation work, as Bindi has shared countless images of herself with Powell at the zoo.

And it seems like the couple have taken the next step in their relationship.

On Bindi's 21st birthday, to mark the occasion, Powell took the plunge and asked her to be his wife.

She shared various snaps of the happy occasion:

via: Instagram

Bindi was reportedly celebrating her birthday surrounded by friends and family when Powell 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 forwarding 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 Powell 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 fifteen-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."

Mom, Terri, also tweeted a message of congratulations for her daughter.

She shared this adorable family snap while writing about how Steve would be so happy for the couple too.

And, as you can imagine, the internet is absolutely thrilled for the couple.

People flocked to social media to congratulate the pair.

Obviously, it's hard to forget that Steve Irwin isn't here, in the flesh that is, to see his daughter get engaged.

But he'll definitely be there in spirit and will be so proud.

The wedding is set for next year

Chandler posted a snap on Instagram captioned "Cannot wait to “meer-y" this girl @australiazoo next year," confirming that we can expect to see the pair get hitched in 2020 at Australia Zoo.

And plans are now well and truly underway.

So much so, that Bindi shared a sneak peek of her wedding dress for fans.

Here it is:

The bride-to-be shows off a dress featuring long, lace sleeves, all while giving us a close-up shot of her dazzling engagement ring.

Now, Robert Irwin has revealed that he will be walking his sister down the aisle.

"Can't wait to walk you down the aisle," he wrote on Twitter yesterday. In response, the bride-to-be wrote: "I love you. Thank you for being the best brother."

Many fans were delighted by the news, while some offered some wedding suggestions of their own.

And, actually, Connor wasn't too far off with this one...

That's right! Bindi revealed that she'll be walking down the aisle with a koala.

I mean, it's definitely a lot more sensible than choosing to walk alongside a croc on your big day!

The wedding is sure to be as beautiful as it will be unique.

Bindi joked: "I'm not sure how many people have walked down the aisle with a koala, but we may be setting some new trends for weddings from here on out."

We wish the couple all the best!

Each time that the family is in the headlines, it's a reminder of all the work that they do to ensure that Steve's groundbreaking work isn't forgotten, and his mini-me son, just like Bindi, is a massive part of that. Earlier this year, Robert posted a picture of himself feeding Murray the crocodile at the exact same place as is father, fifteen years on. Keep scrolling to see the picture that's keeping Steve's legacy well and truly alive...