According to Merriam-Webster the word empower means the act or action of empowering someone or something : the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties and the word revive means to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again. These are two very powerful words that come to mind when I think about what I experienced on yesterday at Pastor Aventer Gray, the wife Pastor John Gray breathe-taking launch of her brand, Harmony Reign.
If I can be transparent for a moment yesterday morning I woke up feeling really down. The past week I have been working diligently to finish my Social Media for Ministry book, balance building my business, brand and life while just feeling a little defeated. My fellow blogger friend text to ask if we were still heading to Pastor Aventer’s event and after rolling around in misery I decided to get up and get dressed. Let me add that Stephanie was adamant about me getting ready because she would be to the house by 1pm. Second transparent moment: My SUV basically died 14 months ago so I haven’t had transportation other than borrowing a car or driving cars to test drive. That’s another reason why I felt down but through it all I pulled out a cute dress, beat my face, picked my curly fro and headed to Greenville, SC from Atlanta. The drive was only 2.5 hours and needless to say road trips are always fun when your in good company.
The moment that we arrived there was a long line like one that you would see at a concert. We made our way to the front to check in as press and immediately we were whisked away to the press area to capture the red carpet. But before I walked into the door I had an AH HA moment. The ballon arch that was placed around the entrance door should have been a pure indication of what awaited the guest inside. I’ve attended and worked with clients over the past five years on thousands of events but this ballon arch was simply heavenly and enchanting. As you walked under the beautiful arch you then find yourself walking through a floral tunnel. Darlings it was literally a floral tunnel. I felt like I was in a beautiful secret garden. My God what awaited us in the inside. As I walked into the press area and I fell in love with what I saw next. The area where the red carpet was placed had the most beautifulest branding that I have ever seen in my life. Just beautiful. I felt like I was in a Tyler Perry movie. You know how heavenly the wedding scene was from Madea’s Family Reunion? That’s how I felt standing in Pastor Aventer’s launch party entry way.
As you continue through there was a free standing walk in magazine like the ones you see at Essence Festival where the ladies captured thousands of selfies. The party was full of branding that was captivating. This was no launch party like I have attended in the past. As you continue to walk through you were greeted by her staff, one on each side of the room. To the right there was a huge wall of Pastor Aventer’s Harmony Reign candles in three brands: Peace, Euphoria and Freedom all which smelt amazing along with her affirmation/ declaration apparel shirt line. To your left was a walk of shelves filled with her new Harmony journal along with tabs that read: Peace, Euphoria and Freedom as well as her brand new strength bracelets available in both silver and rose gold. The items ranging in price from $25 to $38, would help support other mission work, including a mentoring program.
That room led to another room where there were tables set up for you to take a prayer request card, complete and place into a huge acrylic box. As you continued to walk around the corner there was a third room where you had the opportunity to see Aventer’s lipgloss and perfume line. In addition there were foot massages being given, a whimsical garden swing and a even an area where beautiful custom illustration designs were being drawn of the guess. So Chic and Fashionable! They thought of everything and if you thought that was it, there’s so much more!
The forth room was were the platform was set and as you walked into the room you saw AVENTER in beautiful gold letters adorn with shimmery gold seats accented with embellished pillow fit for a queen. This was the room where the luxurious “Harmony Reign” dessert table was located and it was glamourous. The level of detail was breathe taking. The table looked fresh out of a movie. Seriously it was amazing! There were drinks available (non-alcoholic) along with cheese and fruit station tables. Keep in mind that throughout the entire event the hotel banquet servers are constantly walking around serving the guest. Atlanta Photographer, Drea Nicole was capturing pictures in the Reign Photography area as the guest patiently awaited the start of the event.
The event started promptly as Pastor Aventer made her grand entry with Pastor John Gray by her side with Celebrity Stylist J Bolin standing within arms reach to ensure that Pastor Aventer looked gorgeous. As she entered the entry she could be seen posing for some images and officially show off her branded sign above the entry. Upon entering the event she stopped for several interview and images on the red carpet. As the interviews were taking place Latoya Luckett-Walker, AJ Johnson and Tisha Campbell walked the red carpet shortly afterwards the event begin.
Let’s start with the vibe of the event. As I previously stated I have attended thousands of events and I have always found that spiritually something is off but this was not the case. This event from start to end was filled with energy, empowering energy! That’s why I started this editorial off with two very powerful words. The aura was wealth, purpose, empowerment, restoration and love. You could capture at any moment total strangers complimenting one another, networking, educating, laughing and empowering each other. The love that was felt in the room was one that you needed to be in attendance to experience. The Gray’s powerful anointing could be felt throughout the room. I wish that I could have packaged the room up and brought it back to Atlanta.
Latoya Luckett-Walker wowed the crowd with her aura and charismatic demeanor hosting the panel. As Pastor Aventer made her way to the front of the room for the panel discussion and launching of her brand I immediately felt overjoyed and grateful for God speaking my name and brand to Holly who invited me out to help in the celebration of an amazing woman. The start of my day instantly drifted away that moment that I stepped foot in the launch party. I am forever grateful for ALL the seeds of wisdom that was sown into the lives of the women present and I during this life changing experience! Pastor Aventer spoke about the importance of being YOUR SISTERS KEEPER.
As women we wear so many hats and often times forget about ourselves, place our dreams on the back burner or feel that its not our time. Hearing Pastor Aventer say the following was so inspiring to every women in the room.
- “We need to Celebrate A Women Today!”
- “Sisters celebrate fellow sisters. A small win is a higher win! Dance in the Reign.”
- “Sis! Do it NOW!”
- “How can you pour from an empty cup? Your cup has to be full!”
- “Ladies don’t forget to sow into yourself!”
Pastor Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Tisha Campbell, AJ Jackson and Councilwoman Shalya Nealy (Atlanta) were among the women that were transparent in sharing their lives, struggles and celebrations that have created the women that they are today.
We must remember that God CAN & WILL always FILL what is EMPTY. We just have to submitted to allowing him to have his way. God is a RIGHT NOW and ON TIME GOD! The word that came forth and the significance of Pastor Aventer heeding the The WORD of the Lord to launch her brand was indeed all in his PERFECT DIVINE TIMING which also happened to be the day that I was in need of being RESTORED. To God be ALL the glory. I thank him for using Pastor Aventer to impart RESTORATION into my life.