Jo Du had a malfunction with her dress, but Ibrahim Halil Dudu, a master tailor from Aleppo, had just moved in next door
Hours before her wedding ceremony, Jo Du suffered a wardrobe malfunction the zip on her wedding dress broke and none of her bridesmaids knew how to fix it or where to find a tailor on a Sunday.
The wedding photographer, Lindsay Coulter, noticed that the man next door to the house they had rented in Guelph, Ontario, for the wedding had his garage door open and suggested that a bridesmaid run over to ask for a pair of pliers.
In a serendipitous turn of events, it emerged that the neighbour, David Hobson, had been hosting a family of Syrian refugees for the past four days and that the father, Ibrahim Halil Dudu, had worked as a tailor in Aleppo for 28 years.
Coulter shared the incredible situation on her Facebook page earlier this week.
She wrote that Halil Dudu was a master tailor who said he would be happy to help if the wedding party werent successful. After a few minutes of further attempts there was a knock on the door and the neighbour along with the tailor and his son arrived to help, sewing kit in tow, she said, and within minutes Halil Dudu was putting the finishing stitches on the brides dress.
The neighbour David told me they had just moved to Canada four days ago, Coulter added. They didnt speak a word of English, and had been communicating by using Google Translate. The young boy looked at his dad, the girls around him, at my camera and back to his dad about a hundred times. He was curious and in seemingly good spirits. I couldnt help but stand back in awe of the situation.
Hobson said the familys house and Halil Dudus tailoring business were bombed and destroyed some years ago. The family escaped and eventually went to Turkey, where they registered as refugees. For three years theyve been waiting to go to a country and finally Canada let them in.
The groom, Earl Lee, expressed his gratitude and told CTV: Were so lucky that happened to us. Halil Dudu said through a translator: I was so excited and so happy. I like to help Canadian people from my heart.