Edwin Edwards to wed Friday

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will celebrate his 84th birthday this weekend as a married man.

Edwards’ fiancée, Trina Grimes Scott, said Monday they plan to marry Friday in front of 10 guests.

“We are both extremely excited and looking forward to being husband and wife. We are having a very small, intimate ceremony … followed by a small luncheon,” she said Monday by email.

Scott, 32, said she and Edwards are keeping the wedding location under wraps. No word either on who will be the guests.

With the wedding, Scott will become the former governor’s third wife.

The marriage marks another chapter in a colorful life highlighted by four terms as governor and tainted by a federal prison sentence.

Edwards’ first wife was his high school sweetheart, Elaine Schwartzenberg, whom he met in Marksville and took to movie dates in a Model A Ford. They married in 1949. The union produced four children but ended in 1989, shortly after Edwards’ third term as governor.

More than 40 years after his first wedding, Edwards met his next wife, Candy Picou, at a downtown lunch spot in Baton Rouge. He was in his 60s and was about to make a successful bid for a fourth term in the Governor’s Mansion. She was a 26-year-old secretary.

Edwards courted Picou with poetry.

“You know, I heard all the same things everybody else heard, ‘crook,’ ‘womanizer.’ ”  Picou recalled in Edwards’ biography. “He was wonderful!”

Edwards and Picou married at the Governor’s Mansion in 1994. The marriage unraveled while Edwards’ was serving a 10-year prison sentence on racketeering charges involving riverboat casino licenses.

Newly divorced and still behind bars, Edwards worked on his biography with writer Leo Honeycutt.

Scott read the book, wrote to Edwards in prison and began visiting him, she said.

Upon Edwards’ release in January, Scott became a part of his post-prison life. They live in Gonzales with her two sons.

Scott often remarks about their life together on Facebook, complimenting Edwards’ cooking and commenting on the enjoyment she derives from taking care of him.

The day after tying the knot, Edwards will celebrate his 84th birthday at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Long-time friends and colleagues are supposed to pay tribute to him during the party.

Edwards’ first public comments since completing the terms of his home incarceration earlier this summer were supposed to be made Saturday at a news conference before his birthday party. However, Edwards and Scott began making the rounds well ahead of this weekend.

They are attending social events, promoting his biography across the state and contemplating a reality television show.

News outlets around the world picked up on Edwards’ risqué quip regarding the 51-year age difference between himself and his fiancée. Edwards told a reporter that men only are as old as the women they feel.