Scenes From a Stunning Pandemic Wedding in Arden

Photographs by Joe del Tufo and Sam Wilson

Rather than postpone until after the pandemic, this couple rushed a fairy-tale wedding in Arden Woods.

Tiffany Wright and Robert Stigler of Ardencroft met over a decade ago at the home of mutual friends. “I knew the night we met that I would spend my life with Rob,” Tiffany says, “when we talked about how we both wanted what our parents had—a lifelong lover and best friend.”

Rob’s feelings solidified when, early in their relationship, he saw how Tiffany helped care for his sick mother in her final months. “I remember thinking of her as my wife then,” he says. “I couldn’t have gotten through that time without her by my side.” Rob proposed in Cape Henlopen, with his mother’s wedding ring placed inside a box he’d made.

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There was a romantic view of the lighthouse and a surprise party that followed. The couple planned to marry in mid-April and then postponed until December because of the pandemic. “In September, we realized things weren’t going back to normal anytime soon,” Rob says.

They scrambled and tied the knot four weeks later, on Oct. 3, in front of 78 guests in an outdoor ceremony at the Arden Shakespeare Theatre. They closed their cul-de-sac, hosting a wild reception in the park that spilled into the street; homemade décor and twinkling lights added to the whimsy. Like most fairy tales, it started with a big hiccup. But they’re living happily ever after.


Location: Ardencroft
Photographer: Moonloop Photography
Videographer: FireWyre Productions
Caterer: Caffé Gelato
Cake: Bing’s Bakery
Music: Leading Note Productions
Tiffany’s hair + makeup: Gloss

Published as “All’s Well That Ends Well” in the December 2020 issue of Delaware Today.

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