All images shot by and used with permission from Melanie Pace.
When Ben Nunery and his wife Ali married in 2009, they decided to have their wedding photos taken in the home that they had just purchased to document the beginning of their new life together. Sadly, their time together as a family was cut short when Ali succumbed to lung cancer in 2011, a year after their daughter Olivia was born.
In November, Ben and Olivia have moved out of their Cincinnati home but before they moved on to a new life in a new place, Ben wanted to say a proper farewell and celebrate their happy memories they had with Ali. So with the help of Ali’s sister, photographer Melanie Pace, he and now 3-year-old Olivia recreated those wedding photos that started it all.
In the end, it wasn’t a sad goodbye but a heartfelt and hopeful new beginning. See the photos after the jump.
As Ben said about the shoot…
“I wanted to be able to show Olivia the place where her mother and I started our lives together and dreamed of raising children,”
“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…”
“Many people have asked me how I felt while doing that photo session. 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.”
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