Many brides cope with surprises on their wedding day, but Nesh Pillay was in for a doozy.

Dressed in a white sheath dress, the 25-year-old who works in public relations was getting her hair done with her sister at a downtown Manhattan salon when she felt the ground shake and heard an enormous crash as a construction crane collapsed.

The crash killed one person and injured at least three, drawing dozens of New York City police officers and firefighters to the scene.

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"We could hear the bar shake. It was just scary cause things have been scary since 9/11," said Pillay's sister, 21-year-old Kuvanya, as they stood blocks from City Hall, wondering how they would make it through the debris to the wedding on time.

Feeling sympathy for the Toronto native, a New York Fire Department chaplain wrapped Nesh Pillay in a protective firefighter's coat and walked the sisters and their mother through the disaster site to City Hall.