About Sarah Pete Rizzi

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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! I have more than 16 years experience in the hospitality, wedding & events industries. My diverse background includes event sales and management at the Willard InterContinental & Benchmark Hotels and the coordination of large-scale conferences for the Department of Defense all over the country. I also previously worked for a luxury wedding company out of Baltimore, MD and launched or created the event departments at several popular Washington, D.C. event venues including The Loft at 600 F and Malmaison.
 
I branched out on my own in the Fall of 2015 with the launch of Sincerely Pete Events, a boutique wedding firm based in Washington, D.C., focused on cultivating meaningful, beautiful, timeless and equality-minded events. I paired my passion for events with my love of travel a year later and partnered with award-winning travel agent Heather Christoper to co-found Wanderlust Wedding Co., a destination wedding company, planning and designing events all over the world.

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My designs and weddings have been published on Inside Weddings, 100 Layer Cake, United With Love, Catalyst Wedding Magazine and more. I have been a featured blogger on United with Love, GayWeddings.com, WeddingWire and Love Inc. Magazine.  As an active educator, I have led talks and classes for such organizations as The Rising Tide Society, Honeybook, and WeddingWire.  I was also honored to be asked to be a featured contributor to The 2018 International Wedding Trends Report. 
 
I live with my rescue pup Lola (who you can also follow at @WhateverLolaWantsDC on instagram!) in Alexandria, VA, just out Washington DC. A former opera singer, big band front woman, violist, pianist and ukuleleist, I have been a musician since birth. When not planning events for work, I spend my time traveling, going to wineries and hosting friends and family in my home with good wine & whiskey.


fun facts . . .

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I 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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My dog IS My kid ...

I fostered puppies until Lola came along & stole my heart!

And yes, dog voices are a thing.

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I am a whiskey girl...

You are more likely to find me with a glass of whiskey than a flute of champagne. Angel's Envy Rye is my go-to but I also love trying local spirits and won't pass up an invite to a winery either.