As Bride Jo was getting read for her big day with her bridesmaids, something unexpected happened: her dress zipper broke. “One of the teeth on her dress had a bit of a snag,” said photographer Linsday Coulter. “It fell apart completely.”
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The bride and her family weren’t from Guelph– the Canadian town where the wedding was to take place– so they had no idea where to look to find a tailor. Little did they know, master tailor Ibrahim Halil Dudu– a refugee from Aleppo, Syria– was staying at the house just next door.
The house belonged to David Hosbon who was hosting Ibrahim, his wife, and his three children, helping them get settled in Canada. When a bridesmaid knocked on David’s door, asking if he had any tools and explaining the dress-fiasco, David passed the story along to Ibrahim, and the refugee was quick to lend a hand!
With the help of his son, his sewing kit, and Google Translate, Ibrahim– who had just moved to Canada four days prior and didn’t speak a word of English– sewed the dress together, saving the Bride’s wedding.
“Every weekend I take photos of people on the happiest days of their lives,” said Lindsday in her now-viral Facebook post, “and today one man who has seen some of the worst things our world has to offer came to the rescue.”
“I do really want to thank them,” said Jo, “They saved the day so we could get married.”
“It was a very touching moment, to see that they really want to be contributing Canadians” added David.
But– for Ibrahim– it was just a way to give back. “I was so excited and so happy to help Canadian people like other people helped me” he said through a translator.
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