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Wedding song tradition continues, even with the wedding canceled

Virtual wedding singers
Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:51:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing cancellations everywhere, a Buffalo man and his buddies were able to keep a special wedding tradition alive. Matt Script, Daniel Cheng, and Michael Cochran were music majors at DePaul University more than 15 years ago. That's when they were introduced to the Georgian song, Shen Khar Venakhi.

"That song is a wedding song, but it kind of became our wedding song as well," Cochran said.

For the past five years, they've been singing the song when someone from the friend group gets married. April 4th, was supposed to be Cochran and his wife Kylie's turn. The Columbus, Ohio couple hosted a virtual wedding, but their friends made sure the singing tradition still continued.

"Even in the face of a pandemic, we can still make this happen," Script said.

They recorded their voices from different parts of the country. Cheng is an EMT in L.A., Script mixed together the audio recordings and lives in Buffalo.

The Cochran's knew the song was coming, but were shocked to see it was a video.

“To have this part of the ceremony helped normalize things because everything is really strange right now, and just to have this really made it special," Cochrain said.

Still being able to tie the knot, to a song that ties together a friendship.