Bindi Irwin To Honor Late Father Steve Irwin At Her Wedding With Candle Lighting Ceremony

 As Bindi Irwin is gearing up to walk down the aisle she is planning on honoring her late father Steve Irwin in a few different ways at her wedding.

The 21-year-old has already revealed a few details about how she will keep her dad’s memory alive during the event but she recently opened up about a special candle lighting ceremony her family will partake in to honor Steve. 

Bindi Irwin announced on Instagram that she was getting hitched to Chandler Powell-- her longtime boyfriend. Bindi and her fiance began dating six years ago when Chandler visited the Australia Zoo where she worked. The couple told  Good Morning America about some of the things they are hoping to include on their big day.

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Chandler said, “So I think this wedding is going to be unique because it’s going to be at the zoo with tons of animals.” Bindi added, “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.”

Bindi told Entertainment Tonight that she has always imagined her wedding since she was a little girl. One of the ways she plans to honor her late father is to have her younger brother, Robert, walk her down the aisle in Steve’s place.

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"For me, it will be really important that Robert walks me down the aisle," Bindi explained.  "Ever since Dad passed away, as a little girl you always think about your wedding day and I'm always so grateful that Robert is there and that he is such a big part of my life.”

Bindi’s mom, Terri, will also play an important role at the wedding. Bindi describes her mother as her “pillar of strength” and says that she loves her mom beyond description.  A strong tradition at most weddings involves a dance with the bride and her father. With Steve gone, Terri will fill in at the father-daughter dance.

Now Bindi has talked about a more intimate way her family will honor Steve at the wedding. Telling People, the conservationist said,

“We’ll have a candle lighting ceremony. We’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honor and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.” The wildlife expert also said, “Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”

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