Alabama Groom Rescues Struggling Swimmer Moments After Beach Wedding

A couple's wedding day on the beach in Alabama turned into an act of heroism.

While taking wedding pictures, groom Zac Edwards, ran out into the gulf to save a drowning swimmer, CNN affiliate WALA reported.

"A lady had come up to us and said, 'That guy is out there struggling. He can't get back, he's having a hard time,'" Cindy Edwards, the bride, told the television station.

Remembering her new husband is a former lifeguard and a Coast Guardsman, she told him he had to go.

"She said, 'Don't worry about your pants, just go.' See you've got to listen to your wife because otherwise, you're in trouble," Edwards said.

There were red flags up but some people didn't heed the warning. First responders on duty were away saving someone else. So Edwards swam out into the gulf.

"And he goes to start taking his shirt off and he went off to take off his bottoms and I was like, 'You don't have time,' the guy kept drifting further and further out and he was struggling," the bride explained.

For a moment, they say, Edwards and the young man were stuck.

"It's scary. You don't wanna lose a loved one, unfortunately, living here, we hear about it way too often. Just be mindful of those flags and knowing to be cautious," she added.

First responders showed up shortly after and brought them both to safety. Edwards said all he could think about was his bride.

"It beat us up pretty hard getting in and we pulled up on the beach everybody grabs him. I got up and she's running out in her wedding dress. I'm bleeding from the nose and trying to tell her get away because I know how important that dress was and I didn't want to ruin that," he said.

It's an unusual wedding story, you can certainly tell that by the pictures, but a day they wouldn't trade for the world.

"It's a story to tell. I told her, 'The grandkids are going to have a story to tell.' It was a perfect day. Beautiful wedding," he said.

In fact, the new Mrs. Edwards says she got a package deal.

"Hero and hubby in the same day," she said.

"She's my hero every day," Edwards added.

The newlyweds said they spoke to the family of the young man from Mississippi, and said he's doing fine, back to work and high school.