Ben and Ali Nunery were married in 2009. Since they had just acquired a house, they decided to do their wedding photo shoot showing the future they would have in their new home. Some time later, Ali was detected with cancer, a disease that she could not overcome and for which she died at 31 years old, in 2011.
Years later Ben and his little daughter Olivia made a series of beautiful photographs in which they recreated the same images of the wedding to remember Ali and thus say goodbye to his old home. They counted on the help of Ali's sister, Melanie Tracy, who had photographed the couple on their wedding day.
The memory of the mother lives in the sweetness of the photos father and daughter
On the left, a picture of Ben Ali and taken by Melanie, sister of Ali, in 2009. To the right, Ben and his daughter Olivia stand, together, at the same door. December 2013.
Ben and his wife Ali were photographed by the window on their wedding day. Ben recreated the shot with his daughter, Olivia, in memory of his wife.
Such a mother, such a daughter
When leaving the house, Olivia found a hair curler that belonged to her mother. In the first picture, Ali appears, combing his wedding day.
Ben and Ali dancing on their wedding day in 2009, and then Ben with his daughter Olivia, in the same house. I wanted to be able to show Olivia the place where her mother and I began our life together and we dreamed of raising our children, Ben wrote.
On the left, Ben waits for his wife at the bottom of the stairs in 2009. On the right, he and his daughter Olivia play on the same stairs in 2013.
An angel called mom
Ben and his daughter, with the crystal angel Olivia calls Mom. They talk and play with her every day, says Melanie.
Melanie, who took these photos, says she regularly receives messages from her late sister, and that there are some feathers that fall out of nowhere. So she was deeply moved when when taking this picture in Olivia's room, the girl bent down and picked up something: a white feather.
Many people have asked me how I felt when doing the photo shoot. What I want you to know is that this is not a story about the pain of a loss: Yes, I've been through those emotions and it still hurts, but what I want people to see in these pictures is a story about love.
Creating new memories
After taking the series of photographs both father and daughter moved to a new home. Our lives follow a difficult and uncertain path, but Olivia and I are going to be able to look at these photos and know that there was a place where I was the luckiest man in the world, if only for a while.