Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell are in the process of planning their wedding. Since Bindi’s father, renowned “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin, is no longer around to walk her down the aisle, she needed to pick someone else to carry on the tradition. She chose her brother, 15-year-old Robert Irwin, to carry on the tradition. “I think that for me, it’ll be really important that Robert walks me down the aisle,” Bindi Irwin said. “That’s something that I really want to do.”
“I’m always so grateful that Robert is there, and he has been such a big part of my life and he’s always stepped up and been the one to give me a hug when I need it and encourage me forward in life,” Bindi continued. “So he will definitely be the one to walk me down the aisle when the time comes, and I think that will make it really special.” The two relied on each other heavily to get through the tough time of their father passing.
Robert Irwin was honored and ecstatic to fill his father Steve Irwin‘s big shoes, especially when it came to filling in on Bindi’s wedding day. “Oh, I was just so so stoked,” Robert told PEOPLE of the moment his sister asked him to do the honor. “I was so excited and really honored for her to ask me to walk her down the aisle. I think it’s going to be such a wonderful day, such a great celebration,” he continued. “Chandler is absolutely perfect. I can’t fault him, he’s awesome.”
Chandler proposed to Bindi in July. “On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life,” Bindi wrote on Instagram at the time. “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!”
Powell was ecstatic that the big moment went so well. “She said YES!” Powell captioned his own engagement post. “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.”