Nathan Fillion Unwittingly Helps Local Nerds Get Engaged at Wizard World
That morning, Dauer put on the same clothes he had worn during their first date more than a year ago, and he reminded Nurnberger to look her best for the photo op with Fillion. The couple arrived shortly before their noon appointment to stand in line, and neither of them fully knew what would happen next, though Dauer's wheels were turning.
Finally deciding to strike, Dauer let Nurnberger go into the photo area first, realizing that this would be the only calm picture of his beloved and Fillion before craziness ensued.
"Nathan started to say his last remarks and then realized James was going to take a second picture with me," Nurnberger said. "That's when he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him!"
Fillion was just as surprised as Nurnberger was, as shown in this photo taken by the Wizard World staff:
Wizard World A nerdy proposal in action.
"I didn't get to say much in the proposal. Just one quick, 'Jenna, will you marry me?'" Dauer says. "Everyone was cheering and clapping. Fillion kept saying 'Wow' and 'Congratulations.'"
With a long line of anxious fans waiting for their turn with Fillion, the Wizard World staff started pointing Dauer and Nurnberger toward the exit, but the Firefly star wasn't ready for the moment to end.
"Nathan reached for us and said, 'Hold on,'" Dauer says. "He pulled us back towards him, gave us a hug and told the photographer to get one more picture."
"Nathan was a great sport," Nurnberger adds. "He was definitely surprised by the whole thing, and he still managed to make the moment special!"
With excitement and emotions running high at Wizard World events, proposals aren't rare. Jerry Milani, PR director for Wizard World, shared a video with Daily RFT of a proposal that happened during the Matt Smith/Karen Gillan Doctor Who panel at the Louisville show just a week before the St. Louis event:
"We are excited when fans choose Wizard World shows to make their special moments even more memorable," Milani tells Daily RFT. "We wish the best of luck and love to Jenna and James and others for whom Wizard World will always be a cherished experience in their lives."
Nurnberger and Dauer have begun planning their wedding, tentatively scheduled for summer of next year. They're not too far along yet, but chances are high that they'll incorporate some nerdy goodness into the event to honor their memorable engagement day.
"Jenna is super special to me, so I want to give her cool stories to tell or friends and family," Dauer says. "And of course, it's something to tell our future kids."