"Every culture has its own unique wedding traditions. America is no exception. But sometimes what makes American weddings unique is the way the couple incorporates their native cultures’ traditions into them.
That’s what made me excited to attend the wedding of Jesus and Nadesha Muniz at Chateau Briand in Carle Place this past May. I had known the couple for quite some time. Jesus is Mexican and Nadesha is Jamaican, so I knew that they came from very different backgrounds with unique cultural norms.
But it was as a guest at their wedding, which beautifully blended traditions from Mexico, Jamaica, and the U.S. to create an experience as unique as they are, that truly challenged the way I defined American—and which was the original inspiration for this series." – Hendel LeivaLong Island Wins is a Welcoming America Affiliate. Contributing blogger Hendel Leiva is Long Island Wins’ community organizer, heading the Welcoming Long Island initiative, which is part of the national Welcoming America movement, since 2012. Hendel’s early work began when he became involved with several local community initiatives in his hometown of Brentwood, which included working with the neighborhood collaborative Brentwood Gardens, and serving as the assistant campaign manager for the Brentwood Campaign For Quality Education.