Sophie Dickinson married Lyndon Lea at the Four Seasons Serengeti, Tanzania. Their wedding planner, Quintessentially Weddings, says:

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"Sophie and Lyndon treated their guests to a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience in joining them to celebrate their wedding in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, where Lyndon had taken Sophie prior to their engagement in the Seychelles.

140 close friends and family met at a UK Jet Centre where a private charter had been organised to take them to Kilimanjaro before being transferred by hopper planes to the Serengeti.  Guests were greeted by the Four Seasons fleet of Safari vehicles ready and waiting with hibiscus tea to refresh them following their journey. 

During the first two-days of celebrations, guests enjoyed unlimited game drives, a performance by Masai warriers held in the bush during sundown cocktails and a delicious 'night-before' dinner hosted by the Bride's parents.

The wedding ceremony had a particularly personal touch, as it was conducted by the Bride's uncle overlooking a nearby watering hole. During the ceremony, a storm was rolling in and thunder could be heard on the horizon, which only added to the awe-inspiring feel of the unique setting.

Being a National Park and a protected area, flowers were not permitted as part of the wedding décor in order to avoid cross pollination with indigenous plants. All floristry décor was prepared in the UK before being shipped in containers to Africa, and arranged by us once they had reached the venue.

Following the ceremony and a champagne reception, guests were seated at tables named after the animals of the Serengeti.  At each place setting, a small wooden animal was gifted to guests, painted in the golden hue featured throughout the wedding design.

Dinner was followed by the first dance as man and wife to John Legend's 'All of Me' performed by Mikky Ekko, a good friend of the couple.  The party continued into the small hours, with DJ Philly at the decks.

The final day was a last chance for guests to take in a game drive before a BBQ on the deck and an evening performance of Mikky Ekko and his band, during which they performed 'Stay': a truly incredible moment. 

Photography by www.pippamackenzie.com; Wedding Planning by www.quintessentiallyweddings.com