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Canadian couple competing for $100,000 PlentyOfFish wedding

This Edmonton couple met on PlentyOfFish and were engaged nine months later. (Facebook)This Edmonton couple met on PlentyOfFish and were engaged nine months later. (Facebook)Edmonton couple Andrea Ellis and David Mazur are competing for a $100,000 dream wedding, paid for by the dating site that first brought them together.

The love birds are the only Canadian finalists in the PlentyOfFish $100,000 wedding contest.

Six couples are in the running for the dream nuptials, all of them engaged after meeting on the site. Contest voting will close on February 7th. The winning couple will be announced on Valentine's Day.

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Mazur and Ellis met through PlentyOfFish (POF) in 2011. After chatting on the phone for a few evenings, they agreed to meet on an Edmonton patio.

"Things went OK and then we had our second date and sparks flew," Ellis tells QMI Agency. "We had our first kiss in the parking lot between our cars. It was a kiss I will remember because at that moment, I knew that David and I had something special."

Mazur proposed nine months later, in March of 2012.

The couple plans to wed in September.

"Our wedding will take place this fall in a beautiful building overlooking the city skyline with a view of the river valley. We also will have a fish tank for one centrepiece to honour our meeting on POF. Our families and closest friends will witness our special day when we say our vows and begin our journey together as husband and wife," Ellis writes on their contest page.

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The couple insists that the potential win won't change their wedding plans or spending habits.

“We wouldn’t change anything or make it more elaborate,” Ellis tells CTV, adding that they'd spend some of the money on a great honeymoon.

The cash prize can be used by the couple any way they'd like.

"We'd like to give the winning couple $100,000 to help them plan their wedding, honeymoon, and start their lives together," contest officials write.

Plenty of Fish product manager Sarah Gooding tells CTV News that she hopes stories like Ellis and Mazur's give their 55 million users hope.

"We wanted to use these stories as an encouraging reminder to our users," Gooding says. "That special someone could be out there for them as well."

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"We had an amazing outpouring of support for all the couples, so we're thrilled for our finalists and consider it an absolute privilege to read these stories and share them with our members," Kate Bilenki, COO of PlentyOfFish, says in a press release.

"This process has served as a great reminder of what POF is really about, and it's a great way for our users to get actively involved in making a difference in the lives of others while getting inspired to find that special someone for themselves."

When asked about what advice she'd give online daters, Ellis responds:

"Honesty is key if you want to fall in love. As a man, tell something that leaves you vulnerable. For women, be open to finding love and follow your gut. Take things slow and if in doubt go on a second date."   

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