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All About Bindi Irwin’s Custom Sunflower Lace Wedding Gown: 'I Wanted It to Mimic My Mum’s Dress'

Bindi Irwin’s intimate wedding ceremony was all about family — even down to the dress!

The Animal Planet star, 21, wed longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell on March 25 in a long-sleeve gown, inspired by the one her mom Terri wore to marry Bindi’s late father, Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, in 1992.

“I wanted something very similar because I’ve admired [my mom’s] dress since I was tiny,” Bindi tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “When I was about 12 years old, I put on mum’s wedding dress and it was a really, really special… it’s over 50 years old because it’s been in the family for that long.”

While she couldn’t wear the exact dress — it didn’t quite fit her and was too old to be tailored — Bindi was able to find a Paddington Weddings design that “mimicked” the family heirloom. What’s more, the sunflower lace sleeves on the dress, “reminded me of my family and my dad,” the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star says.

“We thought about postponing, because you want to share this day with everyone, but when it boiled down to it, we both just said, ‘Look, we desperately want to get married, and no matter what the future holds, at least we’ll be husband and wife. We can take on the world together,’” Bindi shares.

So on March 25, she and Powell — who first met in 2013, when the Florida native and former professional wakeboarder traveled to Australia for a competition — exchanged “I dos” in a ceremony attended by “lots of animals” and just three guests: Terri, Bindi’s younger brother, Robert; and Steve’s best friend, Wes Mannion.

“Even if it wasn’t by-the-book perfect, it was our perfect,” Bindi says.

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