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Bindi Irwin, whose father Steve died when she was just eight years old, has shared a piece of artwork on her Instagram account showing her dad present at her wedding, which took place earlier this year.
Popular Australian zookeeper and television personality Steve was killed on 4 September 2006 aged just 44 when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The painting shows Bindi in her wedding dress standing next to her husband Chandler Powell with Steve standing on her other side. Steve's widow and Bindi's mother Terri and her brother Robert also appear in the artwork, as do their two dogs.
The piece was created by digital artist Debb Oliver, who met the family in person to give it to them. It clearly serves as a lovely memento of what was a very special day for Bindi and her family.
Bindi and Chandler tied the knot on 25 March at Australia Zoo, which was opened by Steve Irwin's parents in 1970 and which Steve late took over. Although the coronavirus pandemic did derail the couple's plans, it didn't in any way spoil their special day.
"We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend," wrote Bindi on Instagram at the time, captioning a photo of her and Chandler sharing a kiss. "There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now.
"We've planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn't have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe.
"We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it's lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos.
"Right now we're encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history.
"Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad's memory."
Now she has this painting to make her memories of the day even more special.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/bindisueirwin
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