nyone who's had a wedding knows how much meticulous planning goes into the big day. From finding the perfect gown to picking flower arrangements to figuring out whether to hire a band or a DJ, the minute details of putting together nuptials can be downright stressful. The good news is you can give yourself plenty of time to plan for all of the important things.
The bad news is that you can't plan for everything.
Recently, one couple faced the ultimate last-minute challenge, and it involved actually saving a life on the same day they said "I do." Luckily for everyone, the groom was up for the challenge.
It would have been really easy to be distracted.
A few things make this amazing story stand out, and one of them is the focus of the groom. With about a thousand pictures to take and vows to remember, it would’ve been easy to overlook anything going on in the busy park where this wedding party happened to be taking pictures. Most people have a tough time just remembering where they put the rings.
Fortunately, this groom was on his toes instead of lost in a wedding fog.
Thankfully, Clayton Cook was the type of groom who could seriously multitask. As he smiled and posed for wedding photos, the Ontario native was able to keep a close eye on his surroundings and be hyperaware of what was going on around him in the busy public place.
He could've shrugged the nearby kids off, but he didn't.
No one would’ve blamed Cook if he hadn’t noticed the kids playing in the park where the wedding party was taking pictures. But he not only noticed, but paid close attention to where they were playing.
He recounted to the BBC, “For several minutes these kids were following us, and I was just keeping an eye on them because they were standing close to the water.”
Thankfully he kept a close eye on them.
Because he’d taken the time to pay attention, Cook was immediately aware that something was amiss.While his bride was having her time with the photographer, he was able to assess what was happening.
“Then while Brittany was getting her solo shots taken I realised only two were standing on the rock ledge,” he said.
Without hesitation, he knew it was time to act.
Able to connect the dots at lightening speed, Cook was able to evaluate the situation and immediately spring into action.” He says, “I saw the boy in the water struggling to keep his head up. That’s when I jumped down.”
He may not be the most efficient groom in history, but it’s possible.