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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