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Moving Without Mom: Father and Daughter Recreate Wedding Photos of Late Mother

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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Ben Nunery and his wife Ali were married in 2009, just after closing the deal on their new house. Since the house was still empty, they took the opportunity to have their beautiful wedding photographs taken inside their new home. It was were they would celebrate the beginning of their new family, and the challenge of loss.

Tragically, Ali was later diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and passed away at the age of 31 in 2011. This year, Ben with his young daughter Olivia moved out of the house, and in a touching tribute recreated the special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day – a fitting way to mark new beginnings and remember happy times.

Ali’s sister Melanie, who took the original photographs, volunteered to recreate the new set. Here, she captures the loving father and daughter in many of the original locations.

“Many people have asked me how I felt while doing that photo session.” Ben wrote about the experience. “What I want them to know is that this isn’t a story about grief and loss and hurt. Yes, I’ve gone through those emotions and still do but that’s not what I want people to see in these photos. This is a story about love.”

After creating the photo series, the father and daughter said goodbye to it, heading out for their new life.

“Our lives will continue down a curvy and uncertain path, but Olivia and I will be able to look at these photos and know that for a short time there was a place where I was the luckiest man in the world, even if just for a little while.”

You can read more about this touching story, here.

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Via loft3pd & Today

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Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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