05/04/2015 07:38 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Adorable Hand-Drawn Flip-Book Documents Couple's Long-Distance Love Story

As far as wedding gifts go, this one is pretty flippin' sweet.

Wayne Brandes of Virginia tied the knot with his wife Rachel in January. As a belated wedding present, he gave her an adorable custom flip-book that illustrated their love story, which began online and then turned into a long-distance relationship for three years.

Courtesy of The Flippist

When they met in 2010, they lived 70 miles apart in two different states.

"We hit it off immediately online and when we later met in person," Brandes told The Huffington Post. "During the [long-distance] portion [of our relationship], we met mostly just on weekends. I think it was lonely for both of us during the weeks."

A year ago, the couple finally moved in together in Virginia. They tied the knot in January at the same Irish pub in Alexandria, Virginia where they had their first date (and which appears in the flip-book!).

Artist Ben Zurawski -- a.k.a. The Flippist -- was the man behind the hand-drawn book. You can see his other work here -- including this adorable marriage proposal.

"I think it is perfect," Brandes said of the finished product. "Ben obviously put a lot of effort into making it special. Rachel loves it. She cried when I gave it to her."

See it in action above.

Courtesy of the couple

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