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Nuptials: Coral Shaw & Michael Negron

Sunday, July 18, 2010; E08

Coral Shaw is 28 and Michael Negron is 30. They are lawyers and live in Northwest Washington.

Wedding date: June 12.

Locations: St. Francis Church and Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich.

Guests: 200.

How they met: When Coral and Mike were Harvard law students, they lived in the same dorm and had mutual friends but didn't date. Then in fall 2006, about the time that Coral broke up with her long-distance boyfriend, she was in a class with Mike. She and Mike bonded over instant messages and studied for finals together.

The proposal: Mike planned a weekend trip to Charleston in January 2009. Though Coral wasn't expecting him to pop the question until months later, he took a ring on the vacation. After a packed day that included a carriage tour, art shopping and an aquarium visit, Mike took Coral to a park, where he asked her to be his wife.

The wedding: Coral suffered from a couple of strange headaches, during which she could not talk correctly, and went to a doctor in April. She was flabbergasted to learn that she had a brain tumor. The tumor was removed less than two weeks later, and she and Mike were relieved it wasn't malignant. The wedding went on without a hitch in Coral's home town.

Honeymoon: Snorkeled, hiked and rode a zip line in Maui.

-- Kathleen Hom

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