Ever since Bindi Irwin was introduced into this world, she radiated a zest for all times solely surpassed by one: her late father, Steve Irwin.
And now the 21-year-old has discovered the proper associate in 22-year-old American wakeboarder, Chandler Powell, who’s blissful to assist her unfold the identical love and positivity her dad did — all whereas sporting matching khakis.
Here’s a full timeline of Bindi and Chandler’s relationship from their probability assembly at Australia Zoo in 2013 to their shock engagement six years later…
November 2013: Bindi and Chandler meet when the Florida native excursions Australia as a part of a nationwide wakeboarding competitors.
Throughout his down time, he visits Australia Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary owned by the Irwin household on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
“It simply so occurred that Bindi was giving excursions that day,” Chandler later tells Folks. “I am like, ‘Wow, she is superb.'”
Bindi shares a cute photograph of their assembly, with the caption, “Legendary wakeboarder Chandler Powell and his lovely household got here into @AustraliaZoo yesterday. Great Wildlife Warriors!”
The pair “hit it off instantly” they usually stay in contact when Chandler returns to Orlando.
2015: By a sequence of letters and cellphone calls, the pair’s friendship continues to develop. In July, nearly two years after assembly one another, the couple go public with their relationship.
September 2015: Bindi travels to LA to compete in Dancing with the Stars, and Chandler is her greatest supporter.
She takes to Instagram to thank him for travelling from Orlando to LA to be by her aspect.
“He is right here,” she gushes. “Thanks for at all times making me chortle, serving to me to ice my foot when it hurts, making me tea and hugging me after I’m drained. You are superb.”
November 2015: The Aussie and her DWTS dance associate, Derek Hough, are topped the champions, however not earlier than Chandler surprises Bindi on his personal birthday by coming to a apply session.
“She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing right here?’ and he or she begins fixing her hair… it was so cute to see,” Derek tells E! Information of the lovebirds’ reunion.
“It was a lot enjoyable,” Bindi provides within the interview. “And it was Steve Irwin Day as properly, so I obtained the 2 biggest days. We obtained to rejoice Chandler’s birthday after which rejoice Steve Irwin Day altogether. It was actually, very nice.”
2016: The pair spend a while collectively in Australia earlier than Chandler returns to the US once more. It turns into more and more more durable for the pair to be separated.
“Dropping you off on the airport and waving goodbye, it by no means will get simpler,” Irwin writes on Instagram alongside a candy picture. “Thanks for essentially the most great adventures these previous few months. I’ve identified you because you have been 16 and on daily basis, from the very first day I met you, you have been my sunshine.”
2017: Chandler proves he’s the proper man for Bindi, displaying her that he can kick it with crocodiles.
“He really simply got here on our annual crocodile analysis journey,” Bindi says on the time. “The final word check was saying, ‘Now you are going to bounce on prime of a 15-foot crocodile.'”
Chandler is stoked that he handed Bindi’s check, writing on Instagram, “Accomplished my first head bounce yesterday on Madison the croc. Undoubtedly one of the thrilling experiences! @australiazoo has one of the best and most skilled croc group on the planet, thanks for letting me be part of it and displaying me the ropes (actually).”
2018: The wakeboarder uproots to Australia to stay with the Irwins in Queensland and work on the zoo — and he does not look again.
“I’ve obtained my khaki on and I’m loving it!” he tells Folks. In the identical interview, Bindi offers her tick of approval.
“He is finished so properly, I believe he is handed the Irwin household khaki check,” she says. “We have had him leaping on crocodiles and feeding alligators.”
January 2019: After six years collectively, engagement rumours begin to do the rounds. However Chandler’s grandparents, John and Patricia Dicenzo, say he isn’t able to tie the knot.
“His brother obtained married [last year] and Chandler’s not in any rush to get married,” they inform the Each day Mail from their residence in Florida. “You will in all probability know as quickly as we do in the event that they’re engaged.”
July 23, 2019: On the eve of Bindi’s 21st birthday, Chandler shares a candy tribute for his woman love.
“Stunning Bee, I really like you a lot,” he writes on Instagram. “You are my finest pal and entire world. I am unable to wait to rejoice your birthday tomorrow at #AustraliaZoo. Here is to a different yr and past of life altering adventures collectively.”
July 24 2019: Appears like his grandparents spoke too quickly as a result of on Bindi’s 21st birthday, Chandler pops the query. Double the celebration!
“She stated YES! Nearly 6 years in the past we met at Australia Zoo,” he excitedly broadcasts on Instagram. “I instantly fell head over heels for her variety and considerate coronary heart that radiates a lot mild. Proposing in her very favorite place within the zoo, surrounded by animals, appeared like the proper technique to embark on this unbelievable new chapter in our lives. Bee, I really like you greater than something on this world and I at all times will. Comfortable Birthday.”
Bindi additionally makes an announcement on her Instagram account, sharing a close-up have a look at her gorgeous engagement ring.
“On my birthday I stated ‘sure’ and ‘without end’ to the love of my life,” she writes. “Chandler, shut to 6 years in the past I fell in love with you and on daily basis since has been a whirlwind of journey and true happiness. I am so trying ahead to spending our without end collectively as your spouse. Here is to a lifetime of friendship, objective and unconditional love — Now let’s get married already!”
September 6, 2019: Bindi tells followers that she has began planning her wedding ceremony. The excited bride-to-be takes to Instagram to disclose that she and Chandler have additionally chosen their wedding ceremony venue.
“Wedding ceremony planning is in full swing for us and it has been an incredible whirlwind,” she writes alongside a photograph of the couple hugging a koala. “We’re trying ahead to celebrating our wedding ceremony day subsequent yr at Australia Zoo. After all the day might be crammed with household, mates and many beautiful animals (koala cuddles are a should)!”
September 9, 2019: Proud mum Terri tweets a couple of busy day of wedding ceremony planning with Bindi. It is the younger star’s wedding ceremony however that does not cease her from showering her mum with flowers.
“After an extremely blissful day of wedding ceremony planning, lovely @BindiIrwin shocked me with a stunning bouquet. I really like you a lot, Bindi!” Terri captions a photograph of the considerate present.
March 25, 2020: Bindi and Chandler get married at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, hours earlier than Australia’s COVID-19 wedding ceremony restrictions — which imply weddings might be no bigger than 5 folks together with the couple, a celebrant and witnesses — are enforced.
Hours later, Bindi shared the primary photograph from the marriage and defined that she and Chandler needed to make a number of modifications so as to get married earlier than the restrictions started.
The evolution of Chandler Powell and his cute relationship with Bindi Irwin