Father Recreates Wedding Photos with His 3-Year-Old Daughter in Mom’s Memory [Gallery]

Widowed man recreates wedding album in a photo series featuring his adorable baby daughter.

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This is a heartbreaking, heartwarming and touching story. Ben Nunery lost the love of his life, Ali, who died of a rare form of lung cancer two years ago, when their daughter Olivia was one year old.

To pay tribute to his passed-away wife, a father and his young adorable little daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives without her.

Before moving out of home where he and his wife lived a widowed husband decided to take another set of wedding photos — this time with his three-year-old daughter.

Before moving out of home where he and his wife lived a widowed husband decided to take another set of wedding photos — this time with his three-year-old daughter.

The happy couple moved in the house four years ago — the day before they tied the knots. Melanie Tracy Pace, Ali’s sister and a professional photographer, offered the newlyweds to take advantage of the empty space as a place for a wedding photo shoot.

“It immediately brought up memories of being there the first time,” the widower said. “They were really good memories I cherish and want to remember. In a lot of ways, it felt like Ali was there, and doing that with Olivia I felt a closeness with both of them.”

As Mashable reports, to honor her sister’s memory, Melanie made a similar photoshoot with Ben and and his little daughter.

“The new series, presented side-by-side with the original photos, is a tender homage to Ali’s life and a touching look at Ben and Olivia’s new lives together,” the publication writes.

Wering a pink dress instead of a white one, the 3-year-old young lady copies her mom’s poses, clutching a curling iron in one shot, gazing up into her father’s eyes in another series of photos.

“I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to…remember the house,” Ben told TODAY.com. “When Ali and I got married, we closed on the house the day before our wedding, so we did wedding photos in the empty house.”

Pace, who revealed in her blog that she often feels her sister’s presence side by side, said she felt Ali’s guidance during the photo shoot.

“It’s almost like she was nudging me along as I was shooting, telling me which places to go and what to use as props,” she said. “It was a very overwhelming feeling to have her so close even if she was not physically there.”

The photoshoot appeared to be beautiful and touching, but Nunery wants the whole world to know his story isn’t “about grief and loss and hurt.”

“I hope that people can see it as evidence of a love that Ali and I shared that is still very deep, [and] that love carries on, and it doesn’t die,” he said.

“People who don’t know us personally but may have experience with losing a loved one can see that as an example of healing and life moving on. It doesn’t mean that we forget our loved ones, but find ways to remember them and keep that memory going.”

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