Lindsay Coulter says she's used to seeing a lot "minor crises" as a wedding photographer.
Sure enough, prior to a ceremony in Guelph, Ont. on Sunday, Coulter witnessed a bit of a wardrobe mishap unfold — with the most unexpected resolution.
She was photographing the wedding of Jo Du and Earl Lee in Guelph, Ont. Most of the couple's family were visiting from China, so they were all staying at a rented home to have everyone under one roof.
Everyone was preparing for the big event and things were going well — until the bride put on her dress and the zipper broke.
Coulter and the wedding party started working the phones.
"We tried a few times to make something work. We were calling dress shops asking what we can do," she told The Huffington Post Canada.
They were told the only option was to sew Jo into the dress, or get a new zipper — on a Sunday.
Coulter then decided to send a bridesmaid over to a neighbour's house and ask for some pliers to help with the "zipper situation."
The neighbour delivered, and mentioned that he was hosting a family of Syrian refugees. The father — the hero of our story, if you haven't guessed yet — happened to be a master tailor.
A few minutes later, Ibrahim Halil Dudu and his son showed up with a sewing kit.
The refugee family of five had moved to Canada from Turkey just days prior and spoke only Kurdish, Coulter said.
Despite a "huge" language barrier, Coulter said there was a "calm over the room" once the tailor got there.
"He just kind of pointed at the zipper and he was like 'All right,' trying to use the universal symbol for 'leave me alone to work.'"
Coulter managed to snap a few pictures of him as he sewed the bride's dress. Once he was done, Coulter said, members of the wedding party bowed to thank him.
“I was so excited and so happy (to) help Canadian people like other people helped (me),” Halil Dudu told CTV News through a translator.
Every weekend I take photos of people on the happiest days of their lives, and today one man who has seen some of the worst things our world has to offer came to the rescue
Coulter shared the story on her Facebook page on Monday, describing it as an "incredible situation."
"Every weekend I take photos of people on the happiest days of their lives, and today one man who has seen some of the worst things our world has to offer came to the rescue," she wrote.
"I am so proud to live in Canada, a country who has opened our doors to refugees countless times. I'm in awe of the families who have welcomed these strangers in to their homes and lives, and I'm inspired by the resilience of the Syrian people. We are truly blessed."
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