Real Columbus Wedding: Olivia and Jeff Lonchor
Greek life leads to happily ever after for college sweethearts.
April 30, 2021 | Greek life at Ohio State University was the meeting grounds for Olivia (Licata) and Jeff Lonchor, who were introduced by Olivia’s sorority “big.” Olivia eventually became a “big” herself; and her own “little” eventually became a “big” for Jeff’s sister! All three women were members of Olivia’s bridal party.
To propose, Jeff took Olivia to the Franklin Park Conservatory’s holiday light display in December 2019. “I had always wanted to go,” Olivia says. “He took us to a garden and had ornaments hanging on trees, with him at the end of the walkway with a ring.”
The couple originally planned a New Year’s Eve wedding for 2020, but realized they’d have to postpone due to COVID. Fortunately, they were able to keep not only their color palette, but all of their vendors, too.
Because of her connections to the fashion industry, Olivia surprised her bridesmaids with faux-leather jackets, which her brother helped her customize. “It was awesome for photos, and I know my bridesmaids have worn them since!” she says. “This was one of my favorite surprises for my girls.”
Olivia’s brother, Alec Licata, pitched in elsewhere, too: A graphic designer, he created the signage for the day. He also sang and played guitar for the first dance to “Good Thing Go” by Quinn XCII. “It was important to me to have my brother play our first song, as I adore music and he is a musician! [It was a] very special moment. My husband and I love this artist, so it was very sentimental to include a family member in our song.”
When asked what was most memorable about the day, though, Olivia finds it hard to name just one thing.
“I honestly think the entire night was memorable,” she says. “Jeff and I, along with all of our guests, had had a really tough year or so due to the pandemic. It was amazing to spend the day and night with some of our most favorite people after everything that has been going on in the world!”
Olivia and Jeff are expecting their first child, a boy, in July.
Ceremony, reception and caterer: The Athletic Club of Columbus
Cookies: House of Suga
Planner: Red Letter Day Events
Florist and photo booth backdrop: Prema Designs
Ceremony music: Viva La Strings
Cocktail hour/reception music, photo booth and lighting: Josh Staley Productions
Photographer: Derk’s Works Photography
Mirror sign: Lovely Arrows Designs
Rehearsal dinner: The Keep
Sunday brunch: Latitude 41
Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal gowns
Groomsmen’s attire: Tuxes from Nordstrom