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Rauly Berrios always knew the food at her wedding would reflect her background. So while planning the menu for her October, 2011 wedding, Berrios, 32, who owns a title insurance agency, and her fellow foodie and fiance?, Sergio Maldonado, 32, a hedge-fund trader with Mexican-Jewish roots, knew how important the flavors of home would be to their celebration. "It just seemed like a perfect fit," said Berrios of the Caribbean cuisine, with a heavy accent on the Cuban. (October 2011)(Credit: Gavin Thomas)

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Marrying cultures: Ethnic celebrations

Weddings are all about tradition -- from breaking the glass (Jewish) to jumping the broom (African-American) to symbolic spitting at the bride (Greek). But with the number of multiethnic and interfaith weddings soaring, so has the potential for a clash of cultures.
Happily, the evidence instead points to a meaningful mix -- couples are finding new ways to blend bits of his and her traditions into even the most contemporary celebrations. Ancient rituals, glittering icons, ethnic food, dance and dress -- they all add a colorful extra dimension to a wedding, and even sow the seeds of joyous new traditions.
Take a look at how three Long Island brides and grooms blended the best of their heritages to put a personal stamp on their big day. What better way to celebrate the next link in your family's cultural chain?

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