Popular Savannah preacher excited for Royal Wedding

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Tens of millions of people will turn on their televisions early Sunday morning to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day.

We caught up with a popular preacher in Savannah to see just how busy his wedding season can get. With over a dozen seersucker suits and an iPad with a Bible case, he's not your mom and pop preacher, but he's arguably one of the most popular with an average five to six weddings each Saturday.

"I've actually had three of those. Three days with 11 weddings," said Rev. Steve Schulte.

The outgoing Reverend Steve Schulte has been marrying couples for more than 20 years. He's seen it all and it's not all champagne and cake.

"I had a wedding once where during the ceremony, when the groom was asked 'do you take so and so,' he said 'I don't.' During the actual ceremony, not ahead of time. They went off and talked and he left," the reverend said.

Avoiding these dramatic turns can be difficult because sometimes, the popular preacher only has a few moments to talk with the couple before they say 'I do,' some of which have turned out to be his favorite.

"My favorite one is when I married Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams. That was my favorite because it was just so intimate and just the two of them, and I didn't know who they were until after the ceremony," Rev. Schulte said.

Scholte says just as we love being a part of someone's special day, we know the same goes for why millions will tune in to see Meghan and Prince Harry's big day.

"We don't have them here. We don't have that type of elaborate set up here, and when we do have some celebrities getting married, generally it's all hidden and no one gets to see it. It's not broadcast live. Now, we get to see it and you can feel like you're sitting there watching it in person, being a part as she's going to walk down the aisle."

The reverend says his favorite part of any Royal Wedding is looking for the private moments during such a public wedding.

"With Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams, it was just the two of them. The emotions were great. It was spectacular because it wasn't for show. It wasn't for anyone else. It was only for them. I felt like I was intruding on their special moment," he said.

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