When Ben Nunery and his wife Ali got married in 2009, they had just closed on their new house, so they took the opportunity to take their wedding photos in the empty home. Just four and a half years later, after Ali’s tragic death from cancer at at the age of 31 in 2011, Ben and his young daughter Olivia got ready to move to a new house, but they wanted to say goodbye to the old one. So they recreated these special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day, as a way to remember the happy times.
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.
Ben and Ali, left, on their wedding day in 2009, and Ben and his daughter Olivia, right, in 2013. “I wanted to be able to show Olivia the place where her mother and I started our lives together and dreamed of raising children,” he wrote.
Ben and his wife Ali, left, on their wedding day. He recreated the shot with his daughter, Olivia, in his wife’s memory. “Benjamin, you look like a baby!” wrote his photographer sister-in-law, Melanie, on her blog.
“We said goodbye to Ali two years ago, but her presence has remained undeniable in the house,” Ben wrote of his wife. After taking the series of photographs around their empty house, the father daughter duo said goodbye to it and headed into their new life in a new home. “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.”