When the zipper on Jo Du’s wedding dress broke just hours before her ceremony, a sense of panic set it. No one in the wedding party knew how to fix the dress or where to find a tailor in Guelph, Ont. on a Sunday.
But, as luck would have it, a Syrian refugee who worked as a tailor in Aleppo for 28 years had moved next door with his family four days earlier.
The serendipitous series of events is a story that the groom says “could only happen in Canada.”
“We’re so lucky that happened to us, and so grateful,” the groom, Earl Lee, told CTV Kitchener.
The wardrobe malfunction arose when Du’s bridesmaids were helping her into her gown and a tooth on the zipper broke off. The couple was renting a house in Guelph to host family and friends, and no one knew quite what to do about the dress.
But the wedding photographer had a hunch. She had noticed the neighbour’s garage door was open, so she suggested that someone could pop by and see if they might have a pair of pliers.
“A very nicely dressed woman in a bridesmaid’s dress came running up the street asking for our help,” recalled neighbour David Hobson.
When the woman explained the situation, Hobson said he had something better than tools. Earlier that week, Hobson took in a family of Syrian refugees, one of 50 families being sponsored to live in Canada by Guelph businessman Jim Estill.
Hobson knew that the father, Ibrahim Halil Dudu, was a tailor by trade and had a complete…