How Bindi Irwin Honored Dad Crocodile Hunter Star Steve Irwin at Her Wedding: ‘It Felt Like He Was There’

When Bindi Irwin was planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell, the Animal Planet star knew she wanted to make her late father Steve Irwin a big part of the March 25 ceremony.

“Where we got married was such a special place to dad,” Bindi, 21, tells PEOPLE of the garden at the Australia Zoo. “It’s a beautiful little area where he had filmed for many years. It felt really wonderful and just meant to be.”

Honoring Steve — who died Sept. 4, 2006 at age 44 after he was attacked by a stingray while working on an underwater film — was especially emotional for the family, including Bindi’s mom, Terri, and her younger brother, Robert.

One extra special touch to represent Steve was Bindi’s bouquet, tied with a khaki ribbon.

“Most brides have something blue; I had my khaki,” Bindi says.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding special premieres April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.

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