Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life. So when one couple was taking photos on their wedding day, they knew that it would be a moment they’d never forget. However, when the groom suddenly abandoned his wife to go jump into a river, his wife wasn’t too pleased with his decision. When she realized why he had jumped in, however, she gasped…
20. Wedding Day
The day of your wedding is supposed to be one that you will never forget. For newlyweds Clayton and Brittany Cook, their wedding was going to be incredibly memorable. However, it wasn’t going to be for the reasons that they were expecting.
19. Shocking Day
The couple had their wedding day on September 22, 2017, at the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener, Canada. The groom and wife looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day as they were all dressed up! However, no one expected that the groom’s suit would soon be ruined when he decided to jump into a nearby river.
18. Selfless Man
Brittany admitted that one of the things that made her fall in love with Clayton was just how selfless and quick thinking he is. In fact, it was these traits that came in handy on the day of their wedding. On that day, Clayton truly showed true heroism in the face of danger.
17. Harry Potter Fans
However, let’s backtrack to how the couple planned their wedding. You see, Clayton and Brittany happen to be huge Harry Potter fans and so they decided to theme their wedding around it. So the couple decided to have a Honeydukes candy bars and named the drinks after Harry Potter characters.
16. Wedding Photoshoot
After the couple were officially married, they decided to head over to Victoria Park lake for their wedding photoshoot. While they were at the park they took notice of three children there were playing near them. “I was sort of keeping a close eye on them, just because they were close to the water,” Clayton told the BBC.
15. Horrible Realization
At one point, the wedding photographer, Darren Hatt, began to take photos of Brittany as she stood by herself. It was at this point that Clayton looked over and noticed that there were only two kids standing around and not three. That’s when he noticed that one of the boys was in the water and was very clearly drowning!
“When I got there, they were kind of looking down in the water and pointing. That’s when I saw the boy,” he told the BBC. “He was in the water, struggling, trying to keep his head up above the water and just flailing his arms quite a bit and just trying to keep air in himself. That’s when I was able to kind of jump down the rock ledge.”
Clayton could see that the young boy was struggling to stay afloat. He explained to the CTV that the boy’s “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.” It was a scary situation…
12. Coming To The Rescue
Without hesitating, Clayton immediately rushed over to the water and reached out to the young boy. “Grab my hand, grab my hand,” he yelled out to him. Then, Clayton made his way into the water and “plucked [the boy] out and put him on top of the ledge there.” That’s when his new wife Brittany noticed what was happening and yelled out to him. The photographer soon noticed and began to take photos of the rescue.
11. Candid Photos
It seems that Brittany and Clayton had picked out the right photographer because Hatt was able to capture the rescue perfectly. He began taking photos as soon as Brittany called out her husband that was already in the river rescuing the young boy. Eventually, the photos made their way online.
Finally, Clayton had pulled the young boy out of the water and he checked him over to make sure he was doing okay. “He was probably pretty tired. I think he was fighting for longer than I even thought.” The young boy then walked away and ran off with his older sibling. Clayton, who was soaking wet at this point, went back to his wedding party.
9. Facebook Page
Later on, Darren Hatt decided to post the rescue photos onto his Facebook page. He wrote out exactly what he saw happen and called Clayton a hero for his actions. Soon enough everyone was talking about Clayton’s heroic actions.
8. Viral Post
Since Hatt has posted the photos and the story on Facebook, it has gone pretty viral. It has received over 3,000 shares and 12,000 likes on Facebook. Everyone in the comments was cheering Clayton on and thanking him for being such a wonderful hero.
7. Positive Comments
Many people left behind some wonderfully positive comments about the situation. One user wrote, “Wow! What a hero! Such a selfless thing to do… so lucky that he just happened to be there!” Another wrote, “God bless you and your new wife. You did a great thing for that little boy. You impacted his life in ways you will never know, but who knows, maybe you will know someday.”
6. Humble Husband
Brittany is especially proud of her husband and has stated that he has been quite humble about everything. “Clay’s so humble to begin with that he didn’t see it as a big deal. Clay said he didn’t even think about it; he just jumped into action. The kid’s in the water – what are you going to do? You’re going to pull him out.”
In fact, Clayton doesn’t think of himself as a hero at all. He just says that he happened to be at the right place at the right time and reacted in the way that he believes anyone else would have. “We’d like to think most people would probably make the same choice,” Brittany explained.
4. Not Surprising
Brittany also explained that she wasn’t at all surprised by her husband’s behavior. “That’s Clay, like that’s Clay to me,” she told CTV. “It’s something he would just instinctively do. It was like fate almost, we were meant to be there.”
3. TV Show
Eventually, the couple’s story got so big that they were even invited on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On the show, Brittany and Clayton told Ellen all about their Harry Potter themed wedding and how the boy had just walked away without saying anything afterwards. “Kids these days!” Ellen said.
2. A Real Treat
In order to honor Clayton for his heroic actions, Ellen decided to treat the couple to a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. She even got them front line passes so that they wouldn’t have to wait on any lines. However, that wasn’t the only amazing thing about their gift…
1. Amazing Honeymoon
In her usual generous fashion, Ellen also decided to treat the couple to an amazing honeymoon. She booked them a honeymoon in London to experience the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The couple was shocked and grateful to Ellen for the treat! It seems that Clayton’s selfless actions got him and his wife a treat that they both deserved.