Widower re-creates wedding photos with 3-year-old daughter in heartbreaking series

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	At left, a wedding photo Melanie Pace took of her sister Ali and Ben Nunery in 2009. At right, one she took this year of Ben Nunery and his daughter Olivia, two years after Ali died.<br />

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At left, a wedding photo Melanie Pace took of her sister Ali and Ben Nunery in 2009. At right, one she took this year of Ben Nunery and his daughter Olivia, two years after Ali died.

An Ohio man grief-stricken after losing his wife to cancer wanted one last memory of the day they became newlyweds and the home they shared together before she died.

So Ben Nunery re-created their bride-and-groom photos with his daughter, Olivia, in his late-wife’s place.

Photographer Melanie Pace took this photo (top) of her sister Ali on her wedding day in 2009. This year, Pace photographed Ali’s daughter (bottom) to re-create her late sister’s wedding photos.

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Photographer Melanie Pace took this photo (top) of her sister Ali on her wedding day in 2009. This year, Pace photographed Ali’s daughter (bottom) to re-create her late sister’s wedding photos.

Dressed in pink instead of white, the 3-year-old mimics her mom’s poses, clutching a curling iron in one shot, gazing up into her father’s eyes in another tender photo.

The series is beautiful and heartbreaking, but Nunery, 34, wants the world to know his story isn’t “about grief and loss and hurt,” he writes on his blog.

Ben Nunery, whose wife Ali died in 2011, re-created his wedding photos with the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Olivia.

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Ben Nunery, whose wife Ali died in 2011, re-created his wedding photos with the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Olivia.

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“Yes, I’ve gone through those emotions and still do, but that’s not what I want people to see in these photos.”

Above, Ben Nunery and his wife Ali smile on their wedding day in 2009. Below, Nunery poses with his daugther Olivia, two years after Ali died from lung cancer.

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Above, Ben Nunery and his wife Ali smile on their wedding day in 2009. Below, Nunery poses with his daugther Olivia, two years after Ali died from lung cancer.

Nunery and his wife, Ali, bought the Cincinnati house a day before their wedding more than 4 years ago. Ali’s sister Melanie Pace, a professional photographer, took the original wedding photos the morning the couple married.

“As wedding days go, it all happened in a blur, but those images represent some of the happiest moments in my life,” Nunery wrote. “It was the beginning of what we planned on being a long and happy life together.”

Ben Nunery’s wife Ali died in 2011 from a rare form of lung cancer. This year, before moving out of the house they shared, he re-created their wedding photos with the couple’s young daughter, Olivia.

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Ben Nunery’s wife Ali died in 2011 from a rare form of lung cancer. This year, before moving out of the house they shared, he re-created their wedding photos with the couple’s young daughter, Olivia.

Ali died in 2011 from lung cancer, just a year after Olivia, their first child, was born.

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Ben Nunery with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia. His wife Ali died in 2011.

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Ben Nunery with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia. His wife Ali died in 2011.

Two years later, with boxes packed and ready to move out of the home that held so many memories, Nunery called on his sister-in-law once more.

“I struggled with the thought of saying goodbye and walking away without having something to commemorate such a big step in mine and Olivia’s life,” Nunery explained.

Ben Nunery re-creates a classic pose with his wife (left) in 2013 with his daughter (right).

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Ben Nunery re-creates a classic pose with his wife (left) in 2013 with his daughter (right).

So he took more wedding photos, only this time with a different partner. Pace shared the photos of Nunery and Olivia on her website this week.

“It was fun and strange and sad and comforting and just about every other emotion you can think of,” Nunery said. “And, it wasn’t until I drove away that the significance of what we had just done hit me like a ton of bricks. These would be the last memories in that house.”

Ali and Ben Nunery’s daughter Olivia, 3, poses for one last photo in the home that holds so many memories. Two years after Ali died, Ben and Olivia are moving out.

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Ali and Ben Nunery’s daughter Olivia, 3, poses for one last photo in the home that holds so many memories. Two years after Ali died, Ben and Olivia are moving out.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/widower-recreates-big-day-daughter-article-1.1551477#ixzz2nw4ytOLp

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