updated 12/20/2013 AT 1:05 PM ET
•originally published 12/18/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
One man has transformed an empty house into a symbol of hope and love. Twice.
Ben Nunery lost Ali, his wife and the mother of his daughter, Olivia, to a rare form of lung cancer in 2011. Two years later, Nunery was ready to move forward and leave the Cincinnati home he and Ali shared, but not before honoring the loving memories the house helped to create.
Bought the day before the couple married, the empty house served as the setting for Nunery and Ali’s wedding photos. It’s these pictures that Nunery and 3-year-old Olivia chose to recreate in memory of Ali and the good times the family shared.
“I hope that people can see it as evidence of a love that Ali and I shared that is still very deep, (and) that love carries on, and it doesn’t die,” Nunery told Today.com.
“People who don’t know us personally but may have experience with losing a loved one can see that as an example of healing and life moving on.”
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