“The Young & The Restless” star Julia Pace Mitchell married business executive Stephen L. Hightower II, her soul mate, on Sunday September 4, 2011. Ohio’s Dayton Event Connection designed their big day.
Beautiful bride Julia wore a classic vintage gown for the ceremony.
Julia’s sister Shawn Pace Mitchell helps her put the finishing touches on her wedding day look.
Julia and Stephen pose with their bridal party. What a lovely, happy bunch!
Julia’s surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids, who are a vision of beauty in their gorgeous purple gowns, and pretty pink florals. We love the alternating dress styles! Julia’s sister Shawn Pace Mitchell was her maid of honor.
Happy husband-to-be Stephen is excited to see his lady love come down the aisle. The groom’s brother Quincy Hightower served as the best man.
Julia’s studded heels are stunning!
Julia and Stephen invited 150 of their closest friends and family to their dream wedding ceremony which was held at the lovely Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio. The pair had originally planned a lakeside ceremony, but it rained and they had to bring their ceremony inside.
The couple’s adorable flower girl prepares the aisle for the lovely bride to be.
We just love the way Julia and Stephen look at each other. Clearly there’s a wealth of love and trust between them and we’re wishing them nothing but the best.
Julia and Stephen wrote and exchanged their own vows. All wedding florals were designed by Bruce Levan of Flowerscapes.
The wedding was officiated by Dr. Gregory Ballard, Sr.
The mothers of the bride and groom’s respective families participate in the emotional unity sand ceremony that represents the blending of two families for life.
Julia and Stephen jump the broom to symbolize the sweeping away of their old lives and single people and sweeping in their new life together as one.
For the reception, Julia slipped out of her vintage gown, and into a custom made strapless sweetheart gown designed by Dalia MacPhee.
Julia’s mother, actress Judy Pace Flood, and her aunt, actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), get their groove on while the deejay spins classic wedding tunes.
Julia beams as she poses for pictures during the reception fun. “Everything went smoothly on the day and was absolutely incredible. I’m so happy, I’m still pinching myself,” says Julia.
This looks so good we wish we’d been there to eat it. This three-tier round cake was beautifully designed by Central Pastry Shop of Middletown, Ohio.
The newlyweds playfully feed cake to one another as the camera snaps away, catching their fun-loving bond on film.
Julia and Stephen’s love captivates the room as they watch the happy couple share their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Hightower.
Julia and Stephen used this lovely engagement photo to create a keepsake signature mat.
The guestbook and pen were decorated with pretty purple feathers.
Julia and Stephen share an intimate moment in their getaway car.