About Sincerely Pete Events


About Sincerely Pete Events


We are a team of passionate planners, lovers of logistics, creatives & designers. We are storytellers committed to creating curated and custom experiences for our clients. 

Sincerely Pete Events focuses on providing couples relief from the often-overwhelming process of planning their wedding so the months leading up to a wedding can be a fun and enjoyable time that is reflective of our unique clientele.


We might be perfect for each other if:

  • The word “party” comes up often when describing your wedding.

  • You’re heavy on fun, light on tradition.

  • The little details are important but how those details impact the overall design is what you really care about.

  • You feel strongly about your guest’s experience.

  • Having amazing photos to remember the day is important to you.

  • Unique locations, experiences or food are high priority.

  • You want to work with a wedding planner who will be just as stoked about your wedding as you are.

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Sarah Pete Rizzi

Owner & Lead Planner/Designer

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The SPE Team

Our Associate Planners & Event Assistants


Sarah Pete Rizzi

Owner | Lead Planner & Designer

Sarah Pete Rizzi

Owner | Lead Planner & Designer

About Sarah Pete Rizzi


Sarah Pete Rizzi, aka "Pete", has more than 16 years experience in the hospitality, wedding & event industry. Her diverse background includes event management for InterContinental Hotels & Benchmark Hotels, coordinating military special occasions on bases all over the country, venue launches and management, and luxury wedding planning.

Rizzi branched out on her own in the Fall of 2015 with the launch of Sincerely Pete Events, a boutique wedding firm in Washington D.C. focusing on equality-minded events. Less than one year later, she paired her passion for events with her love of travel and partnered with a travel agent to co-found Wanderlust Wedding Co., a destination wedding planning firm, in the Fall of 2016.


Rizzi is also an active educator and professional speaker, educating other event professionals about equality-mindedness and inclusivity in their events, creating a seamless client experience and effectively managing client expectations.

Rizzi lives with her wife and two dogs live in Alexandria, Virginia. When not planning events for work, she spends her time hosting (yes she loves planning that much) friends and family at their home with fire pits, s'mores, champagne and good whiskey. 

Connect with Sarah Pete on LinkedIn and follow her adventures on Sincerely Pete and Wanderlust Wedding Co's Instagrams!

fun facts . . .


She caught the travel bug as a navy brat...

Living in 13 cities, 6 states, & 2 countries and 11 different schools will make a girl restless. Adventure calls often (as do destination weddings!)

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Her dogs are her kids ...

She fostered puppies until Lola came along & stole her heart! (She has since adopted Miles, her wife's dog, as well.)

And yes, dog voices are a thing.

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Her bridal shower was a Whiskey Tasting....

Angel's Envy Rye is her go-to but she also loves trying local spirits and won't pass up an invite to a winery either.


The Sincerely Pete Events Team

The Sincerely Pete Events Team

Meet the SPE Team

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Lauren Purcell

Associate Planner

Before Lauren was an event planner she was buying and selling media.  As much as she loved the media industry, it did not always fulfill her creative side. She loves applying creativity to a variety of tasks, from putting the final touches on the tabletops, to ensuring that everything goes according to plan.  

Her background really built a solid foundation for strategy, style, and negotiations. Lauren takes weddings seriously and currently holds the title of Trained Wedding Planner through the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP).

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Alexia Alford

Events Assistant

With nearly 20 years in the hospitality and service industry, Alexia strives to anticipate the needs of others and assist in making their experience as wonderful as possible. She has a passion for meeting new people and enjoys networking, or she likes to call it - professional match-making, to introduce the right people to each other.

She says she enjoys working with Sarah because she loves to network and collaborate as much as she does. She also admires the joy and ease Sarah brings to her clients and their family & friends and loves being a part of the Sincerely Pete team.