Star Trek is no foreigner when it comes to weddings. In the original series, Robert Tomlinson married Angela Martine – well, almost. In TNG, Picard officiated the union between O’Brien and Keiko Ishikawa. Deep Space nine boasted two weddings of major characters when Sisko married Kassidy Yates while Worf joined in matrimony with Jadzia Dax.
Yet, despite the various characters that entered into matrimony, one of the most prominent figures never took vows. Jean-Luc Picard, one of the most beloved captains of the various shows, remained unchained throughout the series (save for one alternate timeline). That’s not to say Picard lived a life devoid of romance. On the contrary, several women came into his life at various times during the series. Though a certain attraction existed between Picard and Doctor Beverly Crusher, the two never took the step beyond that of close friendship. Other women in his life included a short, if counterfeit, relationship with Lwaxana Troi, the opportunistic Vash, and Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren, among others.
In the real world, however, marriage has not eluded Patrick Stewart. Recently, Stewart exchanged vows with Jazz artist Sunny Ozell near Lake Tahoe where the musician was born – and the two got rather ballsy about their wedding. On September 8th of 2013, Patrick Steward confirmed on his Twitter account that he married his girlfriend of five years in a small ceremony near Lake Tahoe, officiated by none other than former co-star Ian McKellen. Among the guests – the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The couple’s first official picture as a married couple includes a photograph of the two buried in indoor playground balls with only their brilliant faces peeking out from among the rainbow of colours.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Stewart! May you both live long and prosper!