A Modern Black-and-White Wedding at Station 3 in Houston, Texas

Monica Uddin (31 and a lawyer) and Rich Frazier (32 and a lawyer) met at the University of Chicago Law School, where they became friends discussing bar reviews, law school exams, relationships, Texas, steel-cut oatmeal and Regent’s Park in London. Rich moved to Houston after law school, and when Monica moved there a year later, Rich was the only person she knew in town. After several movies, some great meals and many well-made drinks, they decided they were dating. When searching for a wedding venue, they wanted a space that was “more casual and more urban” than a country club or a hotel, and Station 3 in Houston—with 14-foot ceilings, brick walls, original hardwood floors and an open floor plan—fit the description perfectly. They incorporated a clean, modern, geometric design to go with their palette of black, burgundy, matte brass and chartreuse, from the save-the-dates to their altar backdrop, from vases to the labels for the doughnut wall. Monica wore a custom, drop-waist tea-length dress in a white silk striped fabric, the groom wore a black tux with a satin shawl collar, black satin bow tie, white linen pocket square and Allen Edmonds Park Avenue shoes, and the wedding party wore classic black dresses and tuxes, “which turned out well, since our wedding was a little wacky—for Houston, anyway," Monica says. They wanted guests to appreciate the Houston's culinary diversity, and Cafe Natalie was up for the challenge. Guests dined on Tex-Mex, Korean, Indian, Thai, root vegetable risotto and truffle asparagus, and a "mind-blowing" duck confit. As the evening wore on, guests helped themselves to doughnuts displayed on a wall (in flavors from cinnamon sugar to pizza), posed for photo booth photos and danced all night. —Chrissy Sorenson