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.
BOSS LADY | PRINCIPAL PLANNER
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, three 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!).
BOSS LADY | PRINCIPAL EUROPEAN PLANNER
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’s foray into the world of weddings was a long time coming, starting as a server at a Snohomish wedding venue in high school. After planning and officiating for friends’ weddings and eventually planning her own backyard nuptials, she decided to transition out of her non-profit event coordinator role and was elated to join the (then) newly re-branded GATHER Seattle team. 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 Seattle team’s creative and collaborative dynamic. She loves nothing more than to see the joy on her couples’ faces at the end of their perfect wedding day. When not working, Jessica spends her time entertaining her sweet little blue-eyed toddler and enjoying all things PNW: from cheering on the Seattle Sounders to strolling around Green Lake and searching for the best latte in town.
Ally was a fan long before she joined the ranks as a planner. After following GATHER Events for a few years on Instagram, she saw a model request post for a styled shoot in Seattle, and jumped at the chance to create with the team. Needless to say, it was the start of a deeper relationship with GATHER Seattle. Ally’s background in fundraising and event planning garnered her logistic skills, but her burning passion is in creative design. Ally creates different styles of calligraphy that she loves to offer to clients for one-of-a-kind signage for their special day. On days off, she can be found running and exploring different trails in the PNW, baking and cooking all thing vegan, spending time with her unusually large and close-knit family or jumping in the car for the next traveling adventure.
Madison has loved all things creative ever since she was a little girl. Choosing to pursue a career in the arts a professional ballet dancer, her strengths lie in meticulous attention to detail, thinking outside the box, and making the difficult look effortless. After a career-ending injury, Madison transferred those skills to the world of weddings, inspired from planning a number of events for the arts community and then her own wedding soon after. Madison views wedding planning as an art form and loves that her unique background allows her to continue to work with so many creative souls and finds so much joy in sharing that art with others. When she’s not working, Madison loves to spend time at the park with her half-corgi Murphy, watching movies with her husband, practicing pilates and photography or finding the best donut in the city.