If you and your girlfriend both love Star Trek, then the middle of a photo op with The Next Generation cast at a convention is a perfect time propose. This gentlemen did just that at Wizard World Austin a couple of weekends ago. Though Patrick Stewart looks like he’s in the middle of the classic facepalm, Wil Wheaton explained that they were all surprised and delighted by the proposal:
About 30 minutes or so into this particular session, these two people came in. The girl went to stand between Patrick and Frakes, and the guy directed her to stand in the front, instead. All of us tried to figure out what was going on (usually it’s small kids who come to the front, usually sitting on Brent’s lap or Gates’ lap), and the guy said, “I really love Star Trek, but I love [her name] even more.” He got down on one knee, and proposed to her.
Marina started to cry, I felt like I was going to cry, and we all applauded and celebrated when she said “yes.” Apparently, they’d met Marina earlier in the day, and Marina had given him shit for not marrying her, so Marina was embarrassed about that.
I’m not sure why this picture is being circulated online, like Patrick is giving the literal Picard Facepalm, because that’s just not what happened. We were all delighted for this young couple, and I know that I was honoured to be part of this moment in their lives. I think it’s likely that Patrick was just wiping sweat off his brow or something like that.
Related: I think Patrick Stewart should just start officiating weddings at conventions. He’s already helped with one proposal.
Check out the heartwarming, happy ending photo after the break.