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Father and Daughter Remember Loss of Mom, Wife by Recreating Wedding Photos

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CINCINNATI, Ohio-- Two moments in time captured forever. Both equally as beautiful, but one a reminder of a future stolen and the other a reminder of a future with limitless possibilities. 


For Ben Nunery, these photos capture the two loves of his life. One of he and his wife Ali, who decided to have their wedding photos taken inside their brand new home. The other of he and his daughter Olivia as they prepared to leave that same home without the mother and wife each loved.


After two years of living there, 31-year-old Ali would lose her fight with a rare form of lung cancer. Two years since her passing, Ben decided to move but couldn't say goodbye without somehow capturing the memories inside those walls. 


"The last two years have been a rollercoaster of emotions to say the least. There have been ups and downs to such extremes that it leaves me wondering how Ive managed to piece together anything that resembles a normal and happy life. But, hindsight being what it is, I can look back now and recognize the progress Ive made as a grieving widower and a single father to an amazing little girl."


"We said goodbye to Ali two years ago, but her presence has remained undeniable in that house. Every square inch of it was carefully and thoughtfully decorated by her, and it was as if she had never left. I found comfort in bottles of shampoo and drawers full of socks and jewelry still neatly organized. But always in the back of my mind I knew I would eventually have to say goodbye to the shrine that I was building up in my mind just like I had to say goodbye to her." 


Ben decided to recreate the very same photos he and his new bride shared on that magical day. This time, it was with his little girl. A different partner, but "one just as beautiful."


His sister-in-law Melanie Tracy Pace who is a photographer for Cincinnati Birth Photography and has her own site at www.loft3pd.com, took the photos of Ben and his daughter as they prepared to say goodbye. 

As Ben prepared to leave for the very last time, he reflected on the memories he would be leaving behind but had the insight to realize that home really is where the heart lives. 


"As I sat in the driveway, ready to drive away for the last time, I realized that its just a house. The memories of Ali dont live in that house. They live with us, in our hearts."


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