Mike & Christina
Michelle Pugliese

Michelle Pugliese

Sister of Bride

I am Christina's younger sister, but not only is she my sister... she is my best friend. Of course when we were younger we used to fight like cats & dogs until the day she left for college. From that day forward she has been my best friend, the person I turn to for everything. Mike has become the big brother I never had. From the first day I met him, he has always looked out for me. I remember the first day I met Mike. Christina & Mike were not dating yet (which probably means he was wearing pants that he made himself) but they were friends through Wayne. I had just gotten a new car and wanted my dad to put the plates on the car so I could drive it, but of course he had something better to do, so here comes this guy Mike who I have never met before and he gets a screw driver and puts the plates on my car for me. Mike and I have a bond that cannot be broken. Now that I look back, I cannot remember my life without him in it. I could not ask for a better brother-in-law.

The bond that Christina & Mike share is amazing. I remember a few nights before they got engaged Christina called me up... she was wondering when the engagement was going to happen and couldn't wait! Now, at the time I knew that all Mike was waiting for was a call from the jeweler that the ring was ready, and he was going to propose. I had to play it off that I did not know this information because I did not want her at all to know that the day was coming soon. I wanted it to be as much of a surprise as it could be. Turns out Mike got a call the next day that the ring was in and they got engaged that night! I cannot be any happier for my sister.

This is the happiest time in both Christina & Mike's lives and I am so happy to be able to be a part of it. When Christina asked me to be her Maid of Honor I cried (shhh it's a secret, I'm not supposed to have emotions), I was so honored that she wants me to stand by her side the day she marries the love of her life.

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Matthew Lamb

Matthew Lamb

Friend

I first met Mike in our 9th grade Spanish glass. Our teacher, "Señor Fraser as in laser", was one strange man. Mike was stuck in his heavy metal nerd phase back then. We both listened to grunge rock music and got along like we had known each other for years. I remember one time he came into class with a copy of the latest Nirvana album a few days after it was released and I thought to myself, this guy is all right.

One of the most memorable experiences I shared with Mike and Christina was the time we flew over New York harbor in a tiny little Cessna airplane. The plane ride was Christina's totally amazing birthday gift for Mike. The skies were clear all the way from Farmingdale to New York. Once in the air, the pilot allowed Mike to control the plane for a while. He did a great job considering he had never flown a plane before. The plane remained relatively level and steady for most of the way as we passed by the Statue of Liberty and the USS Intrepid. It wasn't until the landing approach that we experienced any difficulty. As Mike made his descent, we were turned almost completely sideways, which allowed me to get some great footage of the landing strip through the side window. At that point, the pilot took back the controls and landed the plane with a more conventional approach that is in line with the runway. The flight was a fantastic experience that I will never forget.

Christina, that day you clearly demonstrated that you are Mike's kind of girl. Not only did you choose the perfect gift but you didn't object to the lives of everyone on board being placed in his hands. It is so rare to see a couple get along as well as the two of you do. Congratulations to you both.

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Melissa Bergman

Melissa Bergman

Cousin of Bride

Christina and I have known each other all of our lives. In fact, she is not just my cousin, she is my sister and my best friend. We have been there for each other for as long as I can remember. She is the one who makes me laugh no matter what. When we were kids, Christina was the one out of the four of us who was always getting into the most trouble. Thank God, we have many of those times on video. I still sit and watch them and laugh just as hard. Our vacations wouldn't have been the same without her, whether she was "not arguing that" or had pulled her arms through her shirt and yelled out loud in Disney World "look dad, I have no arms". I am still laughing now as I am writing this.

But most of all, I know that Christina will always be there for me as I will always be there for her and for Mike now too. I love you both.

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Amy Denton

Amy Denton

Sister of Groom

I first met Mike about 28 years ago. It seems like an entire lifetime, and the more I think about it, it IS my entire life. Mike has always been a very protective, loving, caring, and supportive big brother. Biggy Bro and Lil Sis were the original dynamic duo. We could always count on each other to go on homemade in-house treasure hunts, bake brownies (greenies), or just play Atari. When it came to playing, Mike always made me be Skelator, while he was He-Man. In retaliation, Barbie always beat up G.I. Joe. I know I can always count on Mike for anything, just like he can always count on me.

When I first met Christina she was the "band manager", but I always thought that there was something more going on between them. The more they hung out, the more it was clear that they were a perfect match for each other. Christina has been the best thing to happen to Mike. She is understanding, patient, sweet, and a wonderful addition to our family. A great experience that we shared was a family cruise in 2008. Some of the highlights were going SNUBA diving, eating a huge bag of M&Ms, and spending time together.

Whether we are watching a movie, going on a cruise, enjoying a great meal, or just hanging out, Mike and Christina have always been a lot of fun to spend time with. I look forward to finally having a sister. I wish them a lifetime of good health, good times, and lots of love.

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Darcie Hunter

Darcie Hunter

Friend

I have really been friends with Christina since 7th grade, but our history goes back even further. Our paths crossed so many times before that. Our families knew each other because my uncle went to school with her father. Our grandmothers have been friends for years. We also went to the same dance school, but were never in the same classes. It is actually amazing that we did not get to know each other for so long.

When we started at Carey HS, we were always in the same classes and so became close. All through school our group of friends was inseparable - doing all the normal teenager stuff from after school clubs to shopping and sleepovers. Christina and I always shared a love of music and spent many an hour singing, probably driving everyone around us crazy.

When it came time for college, Christina and I chose the same school. We got assigned dorms on opposite sides of the campus at Delaware, so we did not get to see each other much and developed separate groups of friends. We were always able to reconnect though and did enjoy being so close when everyone else went off to their separate schools.

After college, I moved to New Orleans and have been a bit of a tumbleweed since then. With all of my moving around I don't get to see Christina very often, but when we do get together it is like no time has passed at all. I've always appreciated the special effort that she makes to get together with me when I am in town. I wish I got to spend more time with Mike too. He is such a great person and I really believe that Christina has found her perfect match. I just love Mike's calm manner and bright smile. They both have been such wonderful friends and have shared in special moments for my family, from Christina being Colette's godmother to BBQ's at my parent's house. I wish you both the best for a wonderful life together!

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Michelle Kalikas

Michelle Kalikas

Friend

Believe it or not, I knew Mike and Christina both before they started dating. I met Christina freshman year of college where we instantly hit it off and have remained the closest of friends ever since. I met Mike only one year later through Wayne. I was dating Wayne, he and Mike were best friends. I have always thought the world of Mike and so, I went so far as to try to set these two up many years back, but Christina wasn't having it then! Good thing she finally came around ;)

All of my fond memories of Mike include shocking expletives throughout the course of provocative conversations/situations. My fondest memory of Christina: Sharing a hammock on a beach in Aruba while sipping on coronas! Ah, the memories.

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Madelyne Lucchese

Madelyne Lucchese

Friend

I met Christina in high school in 9th grade. We were both on Pirettes and in mostly the same classes but we were never really in the same group of friends until our senior year. Christina loves telling the story that in senior year, she thought I was after her man, so she, being captain of Pirettes, made me (and only me) have to do this ridiculous dance move to get back at me. (She will gladly demonstrate that ridiculous move in person if you ask her.)

I think the earliest memory I have of us becoming closer was the weekend we went to the Hamptons after senior prom. We were walking to the beach and we see a sign saying something about piping plovers. Neither of us knew what a piping plover was, and had never heard of a piping plover and I said out loud, PIPING PLOVERS??? and we both started hysterical laughing. That's when I knew she was as crazy as I was. We saw each other a lot during college and would visit each other almost every weekend. I spent most of my senior year rooming with Christina in her itty bitty bedroom. She has become my best friend, someone to give me advice, someone to get me through tough times and tough relationships, and most importantly, someone who to this very day can make me laugh until I cry. I've been living with her for the last 2 1/2 years and can't imagine life on a daily basis without her.

I met Mike sometime during college when I was visiting Christina. I don't remember much about meeting him but as soon as they came out of the closet and told everyone they were dating and I started getting to know Mike, I knew he was the one for her. He was so much different and miles better than anyone she had been with before. If there were two people made for each other, it's them. I remember the day they got engaged, Mike had called me up earlier to tell me he was going to propose and he was having their families over the apartment that night to celebrate. I was so happy I started crying on the phone at work. I love you both so much and am so happy that I'm a part of your wedding!

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Jeantte Rolla

Jeanette Rolla

Friend

I met Christina on my first day of 3rd grade religion class. My family had just moved and I was the "new girl" in school. Christina was wearing a royal blue jacket that said "J J 's Dancer." I thought she was the coolest girl and I just had to be her friend! Lucky for me, I have had the pleasure of calling her my best friend for 22 years now!

One of my favorite memories was when Christina and I went to see Miss Saigon together. We had the soundtrack memorized and our parents had decided to surprise us by taking us to see the show. And so, our Broadway outing tradition began!! We have shared countless theater experiences since!

I liked Mikey from the moment I met him. Besides being hilarious and talented, I felt that Mike was one of the most sincere, thoughtful and sweet guys I had ever met. When you see Mike and Christina laughing together, it just all makes sense.

I couldn't be happier for the two of you! I love you both very much and can't wait for the big day!

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Derek Bergman

Derek Bergman

Cousin of Bride

I've known Christina for literally every single second of my life. I can say without question that she is one of the most important people in my life and I know without a doubt that I can trust her and count on her for anything. While I've known Mike for a significantly less amount of time, I can certainly say the same things about him. It is rare for two people to have such tremendous character traits that the only real thing to say is that they are deserving of one another. The happiness that they bring to each other is something that just being in their presence rubs off on you. I feel honored to be a part of not just their wedding party, but their lives. I love you both and can't wait to enjoy what the future holds with the both of you.

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Ilan Harel

Ilan Harel

Friend

They say, "Creativity hath no time limit"... they also say "give Ilan a writing assignment and a deadline and though shall not expect much". As I am still unsure if this is supposed to be about me? Mike? ...Or, the fateful day that our individual paths crossed (or in our case went tumbling over a xylophone).

Well who am I? My name is Ilan, a fellow drummer and one of Mike's closest friends since our first day of high school. Who is Mike? The tall dude that's getting married to that hot chick with the cute dog.... How did we meet one another? Well that's actually a good question... I've spent the last three and a half minutes staring at my computer screen trying to remember, and I can't seem to. Well in any case, what was obviously an unmemorable beginning to a friendship (very quickly) escalated to a brotherly bond with this skinny crazy haired dude in the denim jacket who showed me how to light drumsticks on fire in band class without getting caught. I in turn showed him the best way to play La Bouche ("another night another dream but always you...") on bells while I played the vocal lines! Whether throwing parties at other people's houses (Vicki's), Crashing motorcycles into tennis courts (Vicki's), or tandem sledding into (very large Oak) trees (Vicki's).... Well you get the point.

We always seemed to live by the credo, "Great minds think alike....and then there's us".

(the rest of this great story shall be delivered once Mike finally finishes my website... :)

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Scott Justynowicz

Scott Justynowicz

Friend

I met them at a seer practice I think, possibly a show. Met them at the same time. Instantly I liked Christina more. LOL. Fondest memories.....hmmm....going to Reading, PA together was great. I will never forget touring with Mike. There was this one time Christina came down to West Palm Beach, and the three of us met up for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, that was fun. Me and Christina went to Victoria's Secret once in NYC, that was quite memorable. I heard I had a great time at the AFI show, I only remember being dragged out of there though.

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Wayne Silver

Wayne Silver

Friend

My name is Wayne, and I'm proud to be in the unique position of having known both Mike and Christina, before they knew each other.

Mike and I have known each other since we were 12 years old, when the Dentons moved in 12 houses down the street. Mike and I quickly became friends. And on top of that, my new friend was incredible drummer, even then. When he and our mutual friend Adam Zirkin (whose house was halfway between both of ours) formed a band, it looked like fun, and I wanted to be in on the fun. This is how I started playing guitar. Mike and I were in our first band together. That was 1992. Here in 2009, we're as close as we've ever been, and have lived a dream through our band. To this day, whenever I look at him at a rehearsal or show, I always see the 12 year old Mike playing drums in his Dad's office.. underneath all that hair..

Christina and I have known each other since we were about 19 or 20. It's hard to say exactly how or when we became friends because over a period of a few months our names would pop up in conversations with friends, because coincidentally, we happened to be friends each other's close friends. I finally met Christina in the parking lot of the Christiana Towers at UD, while I was walking to my apartment with my roommate Tyler, who Christina was also friends with. I remember she had a brand new little black kitten with her (who hasn't really grown that much since). Conveniently, Christina and I were both from Long Island, so we became home friends as well as college friends.

In the summer of 2001, I brought Mike with me to Christina's graduation party in Franklin Square. I figured: hey, Mike's single, Christina's single, so why not. Though they got along well, but it seemed as though the spark wasn't there. I guess it was just dormant.

In time, they developed their own friendship. And during the course of that friendship, that spark ignited, and they fell in love. These two seemingly opposite people turn out to be a perfect match for each other. Having known both of them for as long as I have, and to watch two of my closest friends realize they have found their soulmates, it's enough for me to take a step back, a smile at how fate unfolds. Congratulations Christina and Mike!

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Rich Vilchitski

Rich Vilchitski

Friend

"Richie & I...I dont remember life without him, scary huh?". That was written by Michelle on a recent facebook photo and it made me realize that I can't remember my life without the Puglieses!

Before I was "a filthy talk show host" (thanks Ralph) or Z100 DJ, believe it or not, I had other not so high profile roles. I had a non speaking role as a lion in Mrs. Cohen's "Kindergarden Circus '85." While I wore a brown King Cullen bag on my head, growled and crawled around the multi purpose room, guess who the Ring Master was? CHRISTINA PUGLIESE... ONLY because her mom was in the PTA! (See also: Dorothy in Wizard of Oz '90). Since that rigged production, I don't think I've spent more of my life with anyone else. To call Christina my friend is a huge understatment. Christina, Michelle, Ralph and Denise have made me feel like a part of their family for the past 25 years. Being Christina's "brother" definitely come with it's perks... Denise's amazing Italian food and Ralph's non stop busting of my balls about the Mets EVERY year. Christina is an amazing woman with so much to offer any man. I've thought that every step of the way growing up together. Even when she went through her "I'm a hippy and love Ani DiFranco" stage, I still loved her.

When you have such a brother/sister relationship with someone, it means so much that they end up with someone you know is perfect for them. I mean, I've actually used duct tape and forceably tied Christina to a chair so she'd miss a date. When I met Mike, I thought, "Yeah...ok, managing the band" and "Get a haircut." As I got to know Mike more, I can see what Christina saw in him. He's an amazing dude with great friends and family around him! Mike's smart, caring, understanding, sensitive and hates sports. PERFECT for Christina! Over the past few years, Mike's become one of my best friends and someone I can count on. There's nothing I enjoy more that crashing on their couch, watching HIMYM and sipping on a Heineken Lite. I felt so lucky that my "sister" found a man like Mike to spend the rest of her life with.

ps...I hope Christina sheds a tear reading this.

pps...when are you gonna fix my computer Mike?

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Eric Zirlinger

Eric Zirlinger

Friend

Even with his tube socks pulled up to his knees it was his Umbros that stood out the most - purple on one side and bright green on the other. This was the outfit Mike was wearing the day I met him at Crestwood Teen Travel camp. We were thirteen years old. Mike heard me whistling and singing Patience by Guns N Roses while we were sitting on the bus. Needless to say he was impressed - can you blame him. That's when he asked if I'd be interested in singing for his band. And that is how Mike Denton came into my life. Unfortunately I couldn't go. I had to babysit.

I am now 17 and walking through Broadway Mall. Standing in the middle of the walkway is a tall red haired guy - covered head to toe in denim. It was Mike. He was handing out flyers for his band. The irreplaceable Umbros had been shelved for a far more sophisticated jean jacket with heavy metal band patches. During our brief denim clad catch up - we both learned that the other would be attending Binghamton University in the fall. As for going to see Mike's band play... unfortunately I couldn't go. I had to babysit.

Freshman year at Binghamton - 3rd floor of Broome Hall - across from the bathroom - that's where Mike lived. He had moved in only two rooms down from me. And there amongst the other clothes in the closet hung the jacket of jackets - a jean jacket with heavy metal band patches. Had I known that that would be one of the last times I would see the jacket - I might have said something more spectacular.

Sophomore year - the Umbros were replaced by the jacket, and the jacket was replaced by the hand sewn patchwork pants. Mike was now experiencing the 60's and sleeping through class. I would even dictate papers to him for our English 114n class so he wouldn't fail. The book was "The Things They Carried." Mike did not read it. Remarkably we got a B. This was right about the time I first started playing music with Mike. This time I didn't need to babysit.

As a student Mike was certainly lackluster. It had nothing to do with his intelligence. He is more than smart enough for school. It came down to the age old battle between education and sleep - and sleep always ended up victorious.

I no longer had to babysit - I was free to play music. For the next twelve years Mike would be the drummer for every band I was in. It didn't feel right to play without him there. It wasn't because he was the best drummer I have ever played with - it was because he is one of the best friends I have ever had.

Three years from now. Mike is going to be sitting on a couch wearing his jean jacket with heavy metal band patches, his hand sewn patchwork pants, and underneath - his Umbros. He is going to be taking a break from his lucrative computer programming business to spend time with his and Christina's new baby. I am going to call Mike up to see if he wants to play music and relive the glory days of when we all piled into a van and traveled showerless as a touring rock band. And Mike is going to say, "Unfortunately I can't. I have to babysit."

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