GATHER Seattle has always been about relationships. It’s first manifestation was Maris Events, founded by long time best friends and dynamic duo Alissa Lawton and Meredith Geffert in 2010. They developed a brand that stood for creative innovation, integrity, and kindness in the great Pacific Northwest and beyond. They now carry that same torch with GATHER Events, designing weddings, events, corporate parties, styled shoots and stationery in Washington State and further afield. Meredith and Alissa relish working together daily in a dynamic creative environment that fosters relationships and beauty, where they each bring their own distinctive flair to the team and their design work. While the team’s yin and yang personalities and varied backgrounds provide an optimal balance, their passionately diligent approach to their work is mutually embraced. These boss babes are having a blast rocking the Seattle market and are continually scheming their next cutting edge concept.


Alissa is the heart of GATHER Seattle, her boundless skills and generous spirit champion the needs of our clients and the team. Alissa received her education in public relations, and worked coporate events for Marriott Hotels before finding her calling to the magical world of weddings.   Her enthusiasm for event production never seems to wane, whether designing a space from scratch or rallying a crew of vendors. She finds it to be a wonderfully rewarding outlet for her highly creative nature and her desire to help and serve others. When not working with vendors or clients, Alissa is often designing or producing stationery and custom event signage in her home studio. She resides in Bellingham, WA with her handy hubby, two little girls and an excitable yellow lab. On days off, she can be found sharing her love of crafting with her girls, helping her husband with his next batch of homebrew, adding to her hoard of notebooks or pens, or on a family date to the farmers market and coffee shop (soy chai please!).


Meredith is our resident blogger and European based planner. Her adventurous spirit and keen sense of style drive her creative edge. She grew up producing and styling, whether it was cooking and serving at her mother’s dinner parties (and throwing her own in the basement) or producing dance productions, plays and fashion shows for the neighborhood. After years of schooling and exploring the world, she settled in Seattle and started Maris Events with her BFF Alissa Lawton. Her passion and enthusiasm for setting the stage and creating experiences is equal only to her desire to bring people together. She has covered the gamut of creative hobbies, and loves to draw inspiration from the various creative mediums she has studied. She is currently living in Belfast with her husband, daughter and a beloved furry feline. In between work hours, she spends her days cooking for family and friends, getting her yoga or salsa on, hitting the trail, or planning her next trip to Paris.


Jessica joined the GATHER Seattle team from the world of education and non-profit fundraising events, but she is no wedding novice. She got her first taste working for a wedding venue in high school, which lead to helping friends with their knot tying endeavors, and eventually planning her own backyard nuptials. Over the years, Jessica has developed the fastidious passion and knowledge it takes to create and orchestrate a beautifully crafted wedding day. Her keen sense of logistics and love of To Do lists make her a seamless part of the GATHER Seattle’s organization, experience and creativity. When not working on events, you can find Jessica out on the water – whether in a rowing shell or watching the sun set over the ocean, the water is where she finds her calm. Her favorite activity, though, is playing soccer with her husband or cheering on their favorite team, the Seattle Sounders!









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