About Us

Essential Details began as an event planning company in 2003 with two employees. What started as an idea between two friends connected by their children's school activities has evolved into a successful multi-service destination management/event planning and design company. Our company continues to expand and exceed the expectations of our broad client base.

Essential Details believes in putting our team’s valuable experiences, skills sets and talents to work for our clients’ benefit. Our multidimensional approach to planning includes staff that research, design, create and execute unique events on any scale for a broad range of clients, which includes corporations, associations, weddings and high-profile social events.

2216 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: 502.499.6478
Fax: 502.491.1091

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Our Staff:

Nancy Rankin, President

Sheryl Thompson, CMP,  Director of Meetings and Events

Sheryl Thompson, our Director of Meetings and Events, plans meetings and events for corporate clients and associations such as United States Equestrian Federation, Breeders’ Cup, Disney, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, National League of Postmasters, Fastline Publications, Ace Interactive and the Kentucky Restaurant Association. Sheryl received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in August 2010 after meeting the qualifications to take the exam. The Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International awarded her the “Rising Star of the Year” award in June 2010. She served on the 2010-2011 MPI Board as Director of Fundraising, and is still actively involved in MPI. Sheryl lives in LaGrange, Kentucky and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Jennifer Wishnevski, Event Coordinator/Transportation

Jennifer Wishnevski has been an Event Coordinator with Essential Details since 2004. Her background includes nine years working in the medical field with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. In addition to coordinating a wide array of events for Essential Details’ clients, Jennifer enjoys keeping up with the sports and art-filled lives of her family members.

Allyson Nestor, Weddings & Events Coordinator

 Allyson has been with Essential Details since April 2014. She got her start with us as an intern in 2010 and continued to assist with weddings & events until she joined us full time. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky but originates from Winchester, Kentucky. She loves kids, penguins and photography. She also has a weakness for all things romance. In her spare time she enjoys discovering local restaurants and hangouts in this city and others.

Diana Vela, Weddings & Events Coordinator

Diana’s interest in event planning began in 2013 when she served as the Event Chair for her sorority at Western Kentucky University. She interned with Essential Details in 2014 and quickly discovered a love for the field. Diana continued to assist with weddings and events until April 2017, when she joined the Essential Details team full time. Diana graduated from WKU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication and a minor in Meeting, Convention, and Exposition Planning

Sister Companies

Blooms by Essential Details is a full-service flower, gift and home decor shop in historic downtown LaGrange. Blooms not only works in concert with the Essential Details team in planning special events but also offers retail floral design and associated services in the greater Louisville area including Oldham, Shelby and Henry counties.

111 W. Main Street
LaGrange, KY 40031
Phone: 502.222.1626
Fax: 502.222.1637

Huber Decor, Inc. specializes in creative interior solutions for restaurants, hotels, and other commercial projects. Our areas of expertise include artwork, artificial plants, and a variety of accessories and artifacts.

2216 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: 502.491.1062
Fax: 502.491.1091

idea source: integrated design, exceptional architecture. Our firm is a collaboration of design and architecture professionals with over 100 years combined experience in their respective industries. The company evolved in 2006 to meet the needs of our individual team members’ clientele. idea source is committed to creating unique designs that achieve maximum impact while being mindful of practicality and budget. Our team can handle all aspects of the design and architectural process as well as provide project management services and procurement.

2216 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: 502.552.5159
Fax: 502.491.1091

An important note: all of our companies are certified women-owned businesses. We are proud members of the following professional organizations and associations:

  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP)
  • Kentucky Society of Association Executives (KSAE)
  • Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)
  • Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
  • Oldham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Discover Downtown LaGrange
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)
  • Teleflora