Monday, October 16, 2000

98º member says 'I Do' for real

Cincinnati native Drew Lachey weds childhood friend

By Jennifer Mrozowski and Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Drew Lachey
        Drew Lachey, the Cincinnati-born star of the hot boy band 98º, wed longtime sweetheart Lea Dellecave in a hush-hush ceremony at a downtown church Saturday.

        The wedding included mostly family and friends of the homegrown couple, who are both 24, said Gerri Dellecave, mother of bride.

        They have known each other since fifth grade, Mrs. Dellecave said. Both attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, as did band members Nick Lachey, Drew's brother, and Justin Jeffre.

        Lea Dellecave is a choreographer and onstage dancer for the multiplatinum pop band, known for hits such as “I Do (Cherish You)” and “Invisible Man.”

        The wedding took place Saturday afternoon at Covenant First Presbyterian Church, Elm and Eighth streets. The reception was held at Peterloon, an elegant Indian Hill estate, a source said.

        Tracy Schwetschenau, 26, who lives downtown, suspected something extraordinary was happening when she saw eight officers blocking off meters in front of the church Saturday.

        “It was such an adrenaline rush,” she said.


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