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