Widower Dad & Daughter Create Haunting Photo Series Depicting Life Without Mom

Jenny Erikson The Stir Exclusive

Ben and Ali got married in 2009, one day after they closed on their new home in Cincinnati, Ohio. For a fun photo shoot, they invited Ali's photographer sister Melanie to take their wedding photos in their empty house. Those pictures themselves were lovely and full of symbolism for a new beginning.

Fast forward almost five years, and the same photographer and setting tell a much different story. Ali was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lung cancer after the birth of their daughter Olivia, and the 31-year-old new mom passed away in 2011, less than a year after her diagnosis. 

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Olivia is now 3, and she and her dad are moving to a new house. He invited Melanie to come re-create some of the shots she had taken for his wedding, only now with his beautiful daughter by his side instead of his bride. The results are gut-wrenching and heart-warming all at once.

Grab a tissue and click through to see some truly touching moments caught on camera.

Image via Melanie Pace/Loft3 Photography

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