Ben Nunery and Olivia, his young daughter, have published a captivating and beautiful series of images to their home and to their wife and mother Ali, who died at the age of 31 and bid farewell to them. Ben and Ali got married in 2009 and purchased their new home. They decided to take their wedding photos in their home. After Ali passed, Ben and Olivia moved into a new home.
Melanie Tracy Pace, Ali’s sister, joined them for more photoshoot in the home where they had their wedding day photos and the place where they’ve lived together. Yes he grieved for their loss and still does today, Ben wants to let the people see the story about love in these photos — not the emotions he felt.
Ben Nunery and his young daughter Olivia recreated these special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day to say goodbye to Ali, who passed away from cancer, and to remember the good times
On the left, a photo of Ben and Ali taken by Ali’s sister Melanie in 2009. On the right, Ben and his daughter Olivia standing together in the same doorway in December 2013
As they went through the house, Olivia stopped to play with a curling iron that had belonged to her mother. Her mom Ali had a similar photo taken on her wedding day.
Hopefully, Melanie’s photos will help Olivia remember her mother and the home where she began her life
On the left, Ben stands in their empty house in 2009 as his wife Ali comes down the stairs. On the right, he and daughter Olivia play on the same stairs in 2013
“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.”
“The memories of Ali don’t live in that house,” Ben wrote of his late wife. “They live with us, in our hearts.”
“I wanted to be able to show Olivia the place where her mother and I started our lives together and dreamed of raising children,” wrote Ben
On the left we see Ben and Ali on their wedding day in 2009. On the right – Ben and his daughter Olivia in 2013.
Ben and Olivia with the glass angel she calls “Mommy”.
Melanie said she regularly receives signs from her late sister, and that feathers often fall out of nowhere. Olivia found this white feather during the photoshoot, which reminded Melanie of her sister, Ali.
Ben and Olivia are moving to a home where Olivia will have more room to play and grow.
Ben learned how to play his and Ali’s wedding song, Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever),” on the ukulele. Now he plays for his daughter.
“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,” wrote Ben.