Hero groom saves drowning child during his wedding day photoshoot

If one is to embark on the solemn, ideally life long journey of marriage, there are many considerations that need fulfilling.

A dizzying undertaking requiring hitherto unprecedented levels of organisation, diplomacy and energy, the build up to a wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most stressful of life's many pursuits, and a burden of time - not to mention responsibility - that should not be shouldered lightly.

The elements requiring serious contemplation are seemingly endless, from flowers, to cakes, to guests, to how best to keep feuding family members at arms length before some sort of regrettable fruit cake fight erupts during the nuptials. Once one actually gets to that heady day of union, everything must run like a well oiled machine. Just one disparate element could ruin the day entirely, the nightmare of any bride, and so stress levels are inevitably high.

Wedding cake Credit: Getty

Considering, as we have, that a seemingly innocuous issue has the power to through an entire wedding day out of kilter, when Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for wedding day photographs on their own special day, an altogether more major incident took centre stage.

Whilst smiling for pictures, the groom noticed that a young boy was in jeopardy in a nearby body of water. Without pausing for breath, Clayton Cook hurtled into the river to the boy's aid, wedding suit and all. "I look over and I see Clay in the water and I think, what is he doing?" describes Brittany Cook.

The groom had the following to say about the precarious situation;

“His face was underwater and he was fighting, like he was really fighting.

“Luckily, he was only a little guy…and I honestly just sort of hopped him up.”

The wedding photographer, of course, was on hand and actually captured pictures of the groom's heroics. Sharing a couple of them on Facebook, the photographer described the scene thus;

"A special shout out to last night's groom Clayton! While I was taking solo pictures of the bride this little guy was pushed into the river behind me by another child. By the time the bride noticed and shouted out, Clayton had already jumped down and brought him to safety. His quick action saved the little guy who was struggling to swim. Well done sir!"

Expanding, the photographer, named Darren Hatt, lauded Clayton Cook for his actions;

“It was a commendable thing that he did and he sprung into action incredibly quick. 

“Almost as soon as I realised what was going on, he had already saved the day.”

Wedding photograph Credit: Hatt Photography

His bride, Brittany, though, was not surprised by her husband's actions, citing his bravery as one of the reasons she was marrying him;

"That's Clay, like that's Clay to me. 

“It's something he would just instinctively do. It was like fate almost, we were meant to be there."

They might not have been the wedding photographs that the happy couple were expecting to capture that day, but they certainly won't be forgetting the story behind them any time soon.