EDMONTON -- An Edmonton couple who entered a wedding contest put on by an online dating website has beat out thousands of competitors to win the top prize of $100,000 toward their dream wedding.
David Mazur and Andrea Ellis met on the dating website Plenty of Fish.
The company flew the couple to Vancouver, telling them they were among the top three finalists.
But when they got to the company's head office, the surprise was sprung along with confetti and the cheers of staff.
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ANDREA & DAVID
Edmonton, Alberta Love isn't finding the perfect person, it is finding the imperfect person and seeing how they are perfect for you.
VICTORIA & CHRISTOPHER
College Station, Texas We did everything we could to avoid falling completely head over heels, but fate had bigger and better plans!
KATY & TYLER
Burlington, Vermont “Love is too weak a word for what I feel- I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent"- Annie Hall
LINDSEY & BRETT
Long Beach, California They say the quest to find someone to spend your life with takes time. I waited 27 yrs, exactly, to find the “someone” I could love forever!
FLOYD & NANCY
Hartford, Wisconsin They say the third one is a charm. Always dreamed of a perfect mate and thanks to fate and POF I found my little angel but oh what a ride!
MICHELLE & EDWARD
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts No more pink roses, only red from now on. We've found true love so have already won. A win here will fund the red roses and honeymoon.
Sarah Gooding, Plenty of Fish product manager, says the contest was put on to celebrate all the relationships the website has been a part of creating.
Mazur says their relationship -- and their wedding in September -- would not have been possible without the dating website.
"There's no way we would have met if it weren't for Plenty of Fish. It really is a remarkable website,'' Mazur said.
"I'm thankful too for Plenty of Fish because now I've got my future husband,'' an emotional Ellis said, blinking back tears. "I can't wait to start a family with him.''
While Mazur said the couple hadn't completely planned what they would exactly do with the money if they had won, his bride-to-be has some plans for a portion of the win.
Mazur had sold his most prized possession, his motorcycle, to buy Ellis' engagement ring.
"I think a new bike is probably in the works and of course to have our wedding paid off,'' Ellis said.
"We're in shock. It's such a large amount. This is going to set us up really well for starting our life as husband and wife so we're very excited.''