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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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.''