This Bride's Broken Zipper Was Fixed By A Syrian Refugee Staying Next Door

    Master tailor Ibrahim Halil Dudu, who doesn't speak a word of English, was the unexpected hero of a Canadian wedding.

    Lindsay Coulter, a photographer from Ontario, Canada, was working a wedding when the bride's dress zipper broke.

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    "The teeth had separated and the zipper itself wouldn't go back together," Coulter told BuzzFeed News.

    No one at the wedding was able to fix the dress, so they checked in with a neighbour to see if they could help.

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    Coulter said that when the bridesmaid returned from the neighbour's house with a pair of pliers, she also revealed that there was perhaps an easier way to fix the dress.

    "The bridesmaid came back [and] she said the neighbour not only has pliers but also is sponsoring a Syrian refugee family, and the father was a master tailor."

    A few minutes passed of the bridesmaids attempting to fix the dress themselves, before a knock was heard at the door and the Syrian father and son walked in with a sewing kit.

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    "I went out to take some photos of the groomsmen and came back to find the tailor putting the finishing stitches on her dress," Coulter wrote in a post on Facebook.

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    "The neighbour David told me they had just moved to Canada four days ago."

    Coulter told BuzzFeed News the father and son, who don't speak English, used body language to communicate.

    "Most of the bride's family was visiting from China, so there was already not much English being spoken. It was really amazing to see everyone communicate through gestures like bowing to say thank you."

    The tailor and father, Ibrahim Halil Dudu, told CTV News he was more than happy to help out.

    "She was so excited and so happy, I was more than happy to get to work. I like to help Canadian people from my heart," said Dudu, who has more than 30 years of tailoring experience in Aleppo.

    Dudu's heartwarming act, and Coulter's touching story, has people from all over commenting on the Facebook post about how proud they are to be Canadian.

    Coulter says more than 500,000 people have viewed her Facebook post, with thousands of comments and shares.

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    "Everyone commenting from Canada has been showing their pride, and those from other countries have been echoing their joy for the family and also hope that their countries might follow Canada's example."

    Master tailor Dudu has been offered "multiple jobs" since the story broke, says Coulter, but right now he's focusing on bettering his English.

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    Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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