The day a devoted couple says “I do” is always a miraculous and memorable occasion, but we can’t deny that a Southern wedding is unlike any other. Bridal accessories are monogrammed, the newlyweds often bury a bottle of bourbon, and countless friends and family members travel many miles to witness the beloved event. Someone who fully understands the wonder of a wedding below the Mason-Dixon is Reverend Steven P. Schulte of Savannah, Georgia. Reverend Schulte, who originally moved to Savannah to pastor St. Luke’s Church, has made a living officiating weddings for more than 20 years. His experience is unparalleled, and folks all over town recognize him in his seersucker suit. After marrying 13,000 people and officiating more than 5,000 ceremonies, Reverend Schulte finds enjoyment in knowing he helps couples begin their wedded life together.
The officiator extraordinaire greatly values the Georgia parks, churches, and town squares where is has witnessed so many tie the knot. “The sense of history and the warmth that comes from here it’s just so special," he said. "There’s nothing like it.” Interestingly, the reverend began doing more than one wedding a day for financial reasons, but now he enjoys making each nuptial personalized and special for every couple. His passion and excitement for the ceremony even inspired him to once officiate 11 weddings in one day. Talk about a whirlwind! Reverend Schulte is certainly a Southern love legend in our book.