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We are a brother and sister podcast. Tom is the older brother and the favorite, just ask Rachel. Rachel is the younger sister obviously, and the funny one, but looks aren't everything. We talk about anything and everything, from ghosts and creatures, to pop culture and video games. Please give us a listen. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/benson-and-benson/support
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Laura finally gets Benny onboard with joining the show. Laura Redhead Benson (and Benny) covers everything Wedding related. Long form discussion with Wedding Industry experts. As well as Hints and Tips for brides, grooms, guests, family, all those involved in, going to, or have attended Weddings. Wedding Experts from all disciplines: Officiants, Hair Stylists, Bands, Photographers, Make Artists, Fashion Tailors, Magicians, Videographers, Venues, Decor Designers, Bakers, DJs, Florists, the li ...
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E21 - Truly Diverse Kieran from Truly Diverse, a craic addicted joins Laura and Benny this week. Kieran’s energy levels are off the charts. Laura and Kieran bring noise levels in any room, to a new found octave. Bling Jackets, Split Pants, Dry Sparks, Sing Songs, April Fools, ‘nough said? (a whirl wind of a listen) Truly Diverse are one of the top …
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Damian is a beaut of a man, West Cork true n true and one of the best celebrants in Ireland if not in all of Clon! A Registered Solemniser in Ireland through Spiritual Ceremonies. Damian has endless stories, dead pan humour followed by a cackle of a laugh. If you want someone to be calm when the wedding storm is all around you, Damian is your man. …
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Billy the disco maniac from BMG Sound joins DJ Benny and Laura to talk all things sound, lighting and effects for weddings. Billy admits his Ferrero Rocher addiction as he spoils Benny with the chocolates. Billy has years of experience, understanding sound systems in depth. Whether you have the huge banqueting room on small intimate space Billy can…
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Blacktye Wedding Band stopped by to visit Laura and Benny. Darragh professes his love for Cork… Clare... and Ireland. Darragh has lots of love! Blacktye are a true party band… a fun band… a band that gives you permission to let loose! Award winning Blacktye Wedding Band get the recognition they deserve. Laura gives a big shout out to all the member…
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Guest photographers Justina and Janusz, join Laura and Benny for wedding talk on their favourite topic. Janusz T Photography are one of Laura and Benny’s favourite photographers. They are technically brilliant and have character to boot. Photo chats to the max, from champers and night shots to morning essentials. Janusz times weddings like a pro! B…
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Pre-Show for Janusz T Photography joining Laura and Benny this week on the podcast. Some more old age slaggings for Laura. Shout out to Spanish Point, great spot. Getting lost at the Cliffs of Moher. Popcorn behaviour and misbehaviour, Laura is a cheeky bold lady, in a good way. Valencia, Spain Weddings. Firework Bangers to ring in the celebrations…
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Derek Burke Band join Laura and Benny as part of their launch marketing tour. A man of many names, including “your man”, Derek addresses the swingers in the room. Country true and true, from tractors to jives, music is in Derek's bones and a showman is in his soul. The energy Derek Burke brings when he is preforming is off the charts. Derek tells g…
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Laura’s grey hairs? Benny has good hair, fact. Pre-Show for the Derek Burke Band guest podcast this week. Derek is a legend in Irish music and one of the nicest blokes you will meet. Weddings are back this week with Laura and Benny photographing 3 weddings in a row. Laura is giddy to see some humans, have the chats and engage with her wider world o…
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Grace from Diamond Bridal joined Laura and Benny to share her knowledge of bridal dresses, accessories & bridesmaids dresses. Grace gives great tips for key moments in the bridal wear experience. A must listen whatever stage you are at in your dress journey. Each to their own first and foremost while shopping, Diamond Bridal can cater off the rack …
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Laura’s big birthday celebrations are almost over. Shout out to Clancy’s for a great night out: food, fun, drink and dancing. The Essentials rocked the night away, Fiona Kennedy's Show was emotional. Benny slags Laura for being Cork famous. This is the pre-show for the guest podcast with Diamond Bridal’s Grace. Benny gets his bustle on, throws a fi…
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Finally, Laura and Benny get to meet Tara of Broken Spoon Cakes. Laura is a long time admirer of the smell of Tara’s cakes. Yes! The smell! You know when you walk into a room that the pure quality of Broken Spoon Cakes is on display. Tara’s expertise, creativity and attention to detail screams across throughout this chat. Tara fears no challenge. B…
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Benny’s clothes woes continue. Jumpers n Shirts just aint going to cut it. Speaking of cutting, this episode is a Pre Show for special guest: Broken Spoons, Tara is a Wedding Cake Baker, Maker, Designer. Benny wants to bring cake into the drinks reception, full time! Cake Walls could be the way to do it. Or slivers allá Baker Boy style. Can you cli…
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None other than Ed Sheran gets called out by Fiona Kennedy. As Fiona played Pairc Ui Chaoimh in 1985 to 60,000 Kris Kristofferson with just her guitar. Stick that up your jumper Ed. Fiona Kennedy has a rich legacy and an evolving future. Winner of Screen Test, an RTE talent competition in the 80s. Saw Fiona go on to release 4 independent albums. At…
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Preshow for this week’s guest Fiona Kennedy. While Fiona brings great depth and knowledge to conversation later in the week, Benny and Laura spin ceremony music conversation into the church advertising mass times on tinder. Paddywhackery a foot, Benny is in search of a hot date for Fiona's gig. Are you the Kenmare singer of April 2022? Banshee jump…
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Is Justin of Partybands a JLO wedding coordinator or the Tommy Mottola of Cork Music. DJ Benny is the house! Benny wants to audition! Starting out in the music world? Tommy…I mean Justin of Partybands give loads of great advice. Everything form Marketing to Practice and Building Real World Experience is discussed. Spares! Partybands are most defini…
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Guests are coming in thick and fast. Espressos and Rainbows get addressed first of the bat. The inside track for Partybands Auditions is revealed, as Justin is due to join us on the next episode (da da da da). The search for music can be daunting so Justin might be able to help find you a beat to bop to. It is re-confirmed Bill Gates is on the last…
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Linda Foley a wedding celebrant from Entheos joins Laura and Benny to talk all things Wedding Ceremonies. And more including, baking, beautiful coffee cupcakes for Benny! Linda Foley is a Registered Solemniser, which is explained in this episode, along with the various types of wedding ceremonies people can have. Great wedding advice is given. Plan…
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The response from suppliers to the podcast call out has been amazing! First up is going to be a Celebrant/Officiant/Solemniser. So laura and Benny pounder true love ceremonies verse legal ceremonies verse religious ceremonies. 3rd time married is a charm for some. Laura tells us some of her favourite parts of the Ceremonies, including some alternat…
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Benny has a brief Tech / AI rant. Laura introduces Weddimony Films. Weddimony Films are Wedding Videographers in partnership with Laura and Benny. The video team, like Laura and Benny only take 1 wedding per day. Laura and Benny still work with other videographers but offer a video package that is combines to leverage off Laura’s approach before, d…
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It is the 2024 Wedding Season in Ireland! Laura and Benny are back to chat about all things weddings and a few random side topics. Irish People love weddings and if anything, weddings grow year on year. People forever find their own way of doing weddings, putting to own personal touch to their day. A brief chat to say hello, we are back and we are …
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After recently giving advice to friends and family, Laura and Benny share their take on Wedding Gifts. God Bless the days of brown envelopes because cash is king in Ireland’s Wedding Gift Circles. Physical gifts are rare. But how much do people actually gift? Caution and realism is needed! Balance what you spend vs what you expect in return. The ra…
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As seasons change and lighting slips away into Autumn and Winter, First Looks and Pre-Ceremony Shoots are considered. Laura and Benny do a summary the options available and give some crucial tips (flower arrival time, who needs to be ready when etc.). We are talking Couple Only First Look, + Couple Photoshoot, + Bridal Shoot and + Family Shoot. Kid…
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Benny rocks another shirt. Laura sets the topic of Social Media content creation reaching new heights beyound Wedding Ceremonies (think unplugged etc.). The growing norm is your whole wedding day is an opportunity for content. Whether it be vendors, family or guests that are using a device to capture media content. Whether you asked them to or whet…
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Laura and Benny return after an extremely busy summer of photographing Weddings. Giving an overview of what went down and what people should expect to come, on the Wedding front. Laura reads out some love letters as Benny rocks a holiday shirt as Ireland finally gets some sun after a wet summer (think Hawaii vibes or Miami Vice). The ever changing …
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Laura and Benny do a quick-fire podcast to try flag the issues people are seeing with timing Weddings. Logically timing the whole day solves a lot of problems. But some time pressures are being put on by providers not timing the whole day and not speaking with the couple (as to what the couple’s plans are). Laura and Benny run through timing a trad…
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Aoife O'Neill Music goes on Laura and Benny Show to talk wedding singing. Aoife has the voice of an Angel and the tongue of a Demon. Stay in your lane tomato! (listen to make any sense) Cats keep her in check as Aoife lives for music. If she is not teaching she is playing/recording at home or at an event singing. She loves unique requests and is we…
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Benny gives warnings on various types of transport. Laura gives ideas on various types of transport. Everything from comfort considerations to the length of time in transport and the additional time certain transport causes. Using multiple methods of transport on the day. not functional? still use the photo op. A list is rattled off! You can follow…
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As Laura get overly excited about the Summer Weddings, Benny issues stack warning of burning you bits. Trend is moving to outdoor weddings as an option in Ireland. For those freak heatwaves do plan if your wedding week is hit with sunshine bliss. Skin Care is discussed, what's an SPF? Are you a "pow" makeup artist or a technical one. Benny fumbles …
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Bring the good vibes! Mother of a groom put it lovely recently “it costs nothing to be nice” and many a wedding day participant could take that on board, so we are being a summer of good times and positive interactions. Winding Laura up Benny switches up the topic of the podcast. Whatever happens in the small moments of the day don’t dwell on it. L…
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The topic that shall not be mentioned! From the fear of long speeches, to not doing speeches at all. The varying degrees of speeches are discussed by Laura and Benny. New wave speeches vs the historic approach. When to have speeches, where to have speeches, the order of speeches. Pretty much all the ins and outs of speeches. Allocating time limits,…
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The time between when you exit your wedding ceremony and the bell rings for dinner service is tricky and froth with choices. So what to do and how not to do the things you choose to do. Laura and Benny is this short episode try to flag some of the ways you can help yourself enjoy the brief time window and spend the time doing what you value. First …
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Kacie & Darren: Running Fertility Haka Toasted Waterworks, Gently... Noisy bunch today. Kacie and Darren got married in May 2022 in Killarney, Kerry. They came in to share their story to highlight the importance of having fun on your wedding day no matter what happens. Kacie and Darren’s hotel flooded amongst other hiccups but it did bother them. B…
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An audio only podcast for this one, Kids be a touchy subjects, looks be flying! Glances be daggers. Laura and Benny discuss the options of: no kids at weddings, a selected few children at weddings and the wildly open invitation to the little people. Benny is bold as usual. Laura shows sensitivity to those travelling and kids being included/excluded…
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Laura and Benny are joined for the first time by a Wedding Couple that they have photographed. Kate & Luke got married in 2022 and are delighted to share their Wedding Day story. Kate & Luke’s story is great as they remained true to their personalities and what they really wanted on from their celebrations. A video clip of Kate’s Wedding Dress bein…
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Last Part from the first sitting, Laura and Benny discuss December and February Weddings while those months are fresh in the memory. Laura gets over her winter delirium to big up crisp, dry, low light in December. Solid advice is given for the unavoidable cold regarding photoshoots and how to game the elements. Notice tips for people getting time o…
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Bonus, half episode for those newly engaged that do want to get into the detail. Just Engaged to be Married? Where to start planning your Wedding? Laura (with Benny's intro) detail how you can begin planning your wedding. From the obvious to the not so obvious, Laura gives tips on what is essential to research early on. Picking a Wedding Date? Laur…
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Just Engaged to be Married? Step Back. Have a Chat! Following on from Laura and Benny getting back into the swing of Podcasting. Laura and Benny chat about the importance for newly engaged couples to step back and enjoy the moment of being engaged to be married. Communication is key through wedding planning and straight for the start be sure to und…
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Launch of 2023 Podcasts for the Laura and Benny Show. Winter got Laura and Benny got a belly. Off Season for weddings is over. Laura and Benny chat about the lay of the land in Weddings for 2023 and 2024 for Couples that are just engaged or Couples still in the planning and booking stage. Flexibility required, is discussed for those couples that ha…
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This week there was war! Na! Arklight Wedding Band’s Finbarr and Paudie Walsh The DJ came in with and the jovial banter to discuss Wedding Music provide by Wedding Bands and Wedding DJs. The decision making process and how to research a Wedding Band vs a Wedding DJ is addressed. The art of reading a Wedding crowd and the dancefloor is explained. Wh…
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From a time before the C word, Laura spoke with Ruthanna and the conversation had timeless advice on Skin Care and MakeUp. So whether you have heard it before or are new to this conversation, it is worth listening to again. You will pick up some nugget of wisdom from the timeless fountain of knowledge that is Ruthanna: Laura of Laura and Benny Phot…
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Jade from the Wedding Scribblers joins Laura and Benny to discuss everything Wedding Stationary for the “Event of Your Love”. It is not all traditional invites and booklets, Benny even gets excited with clever tips on how to use both Digital and Print together. Laura laughs at old ladies taking a piece of every wedding stationary home as a souvenir…
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Laura and Benny discuss options for when you are put in the situation of having a late ceremony. Late being 3 pm in Ireland (traditionally between 12 and 2 pm). With the move to having Ceremonies and Receptions in the same location, venues may suggest a 3 pm Wedding Ceremony. Couples should consider how their day will run if they have a later than …
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Laura and Benny talk Wedding Photography with an arch-rival Sean Sharpe #soundsean #seanissound. Sean gives us loads of insight to his approach to Wedding Photography including: being a solo photographer his style or how he achieves a balance of creative and natural styles helping those who hate having their photo taken Morning Preparations get a b…
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Benny surprises Laura with a Podcast recording while they drive from Dublin to Galway, in between photographing weddings in Meath and Claire. Laura and Benny look at 2022 for Weddings and how COVID will impact the restrictions imposed on Weddings in Ireland. Benny makes an outlandish prediction regarding Mask wearing. Laura clears the fog of doom. …
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A quick podcast including a clip from a Radio interview on Permits being required for Killarney National Park. Councillor Marie Moloney raised the issue over Weddings having difficulty photographing at Muckross House and thus the radio discussion. Thanks to Cork's 96FM for having us on. You can read the original news article here: https://www.radio…
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Laura and Benny discussing the slight pause of the final lifting of restrictions: COVID preventive measures will be in place until Spring 2022. Mainly: COVID Certs (not used at weddings but get vaccinated!), Mask Wearing and Physical Distancing. For Weddings, easiest one first: Curfews are gone! Normal trading hours are now permitted for hospitalit…
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COVID is ending! Well, the wedding restrictions in Ireland anyway! Music is back, dancing is no longer illegal. Benny's final show is nearly, NPHET is being disbanded and Benny is going back into his cave. Laura was right, about most things. Hopefully with the lifting of restrictions, the extreme differences in what venues allow are gone and the be…
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Season 4 of the Laura and Benny Podcast. The fourth wave is here and COVID wedding restriction are saying the long goodbye. Benny winds Laura up per norm. June was great for weddings but Laura is well and truly done with restrictions (protective measures). Small Weddings are great but timing constraints are a hassle currently. The receiving line is…
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The restrictions announcement is made for Weddings in June, July and August in Ireland. Laura and Benny get into the ins and outs of it as "Christmas has come early!". There is a bit of fear in the air for September and October as the summer weddings are all go. (Hopefully vaccinations out run the rise of any variants) The biggest sign the Pandemic…
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The Path Ahead in Ireland for COVID Summer Weddings 2021. Laura and Benny discuss the lifting of restrictions for May and June 2021, with an eye on July onwards. New rules, mass confusion, literally mass is causing confusion. Indoors, Outdoors, silliness. Super positive podcast with some blunt truths. Benny thinks there are 2 red herrings in the gu…
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