Met Here. Married Here.

Caroline Edwards and Lucas Burge
Married 12.13.14
Southeastern Student Union Ballroom

Hammond residents and Southeastern alumni Caroline Edwards and Lucas Burge met as students in 2008 through a mutual friend at an Alpha Omicron Pi and Theta XI social. Caroline was busy in Nursing school and Lucas was a Criminal Justice major. But, it was Lucas's outgoing personality and his ability to be the 'life of the party' that caught Caroline's eye. Their love story begins with a first date at Tope` La Restaurant in Hammond, where Lucas' manners won Caroline's affection. 

Describe your spouse on your first date?

Lucas: I thought she was very cordial and laughed at my goofy jokes.  We had a great time and set up another date.

Caroline: Lucas was a real gentleman. He was so proud of the very nice evening he had planned for us.

kissWhen did you know that he/she was "the one?"

Caroline:  When he became the only person I wanted to talk to at the end of the day. He always knew how to make my bad days better and how to make me smile.

Lucas:  When I knew I could tell her anything. She always was compassionate and listened to whatever was going on in my life.

What is your favorite thing about one another?

Caroline:  My favorite thing about Lucas is how easy going and laid back he is. Now that we are parents, I love watching him as a dad and the ways he cares for me and our boys.

 Lucas:  How caring Caroline is for me and our two boys.

The Engagement

engaged pic

Tell us your engagement story:

Lucas:  After four years of dating, we had dinner at Boucherie in New Orleans then went to Jackson Square. I proposed on the stairs overlooking the cathedral. There was a homeless fella asleep on the bench, he was our witness.

What was the best part of the wedding planning? 

Caroline: My favorite part of the planning was trying on wedding dresses with my family. We spent 2 days together and all agreed on which dress to choose.

Lucas:  Cake tasting, of course!

The Big Day


Where was your ceremony held?

Caroline:  We said "I do" at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence. It was a special place to me because my parents were also married there during a candlelight ceremony in 1980.

Why did you chose Southeastern's Student Union as your reception location? 

Caroline:  The Student Union was new and beautiful, and it was a central location for our family and friends. Also, since Lucas and I met at and both graduated from Southeastern, it had a special meaning to us!

What was the best part of your wedding day? 

Caroline: We had so many family and friends that were able to attend and help us celebrate our special day. Some even traveled from out-of-state and even out of the country. One special friend came in from Australia where my family lived for a short time when I was a young girl.

What was the funniest thing that happened on your wedding day or a favorite moment you'd like to share?

Lucas:  I have a tradition of singing “Living on a Prayer” at all my friends' weddings. I was not planning on doing it at my wedding. But Caroline got a hold of a microphone and got the band to throw the song on at the end of the ceremony. I put on one heck of a show.

 Caroline:  I will always remember smashing cake in each other's faces at the reception!


What song did you choose for your first dance?

"You Save Me" by Kenny Chesney

Who caught the bridal bouquet?

Ashlie Dana, girlfriend (now wife) to groomsman Brad Comeaux

Who caught the garter at your wedding?

Lucas’ best friend and groomsman, Trey Drude


hat kind of cake did you choose for the reception?

Caroline: We had the best cakes! Our wedding cake was a 4-tier carrot cake. For the groom's cake we chose a "naked" chocolate cake with buttercream icing. 


The couple was sent off and honeymooned for 7 days at the Sandals Grande Resort in St. Lucia.

Today, Caroline is employed at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston Emergency Department as a Nurse Educator. Lucas recently completed training to serve as a Louisiana State Trooper and graduated first in his Trooper class.

On April 28, 2017, the two welcomed twins, the "Burge Boys", Brady Richard and Brennan Frank.


Best wishes for a happy and healthy life together!

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