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Canadian couple vying for $100K PlentyOfFish wedding

Credits: EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY

ALLISON SALZ | QMI AGENCY

EDMONTON - An Edmonton couple is in the running for a $100,000 dream wedding courtesy of the largest online dating site in the world.

Andrea Ellis and her fiance David Mazur are the only Canadian contenders in the PlentyOfFish $100,000 wedding contest.

The six finalist couples, who hail from locations across North America, are all engaged to be married after meeting on the dating site.

Mazur messaged Ellis first back in 2011, and after a bit of back and forth and a few hours on the phone, the pair met on an Edmonton patio.

"Things went OK and then we had our second date and sparks flew," she said. "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."

PlentyOfFish boasts more than 50 million registered users around the world.

The 30-year-old administrative assistant says the stigma around Internet dating is slowly going away.

She says most of her friends know people who have met online, and are supportive.

"I think it's more accepted than ever. More people are online dating now. It's just the way the world works," she said. "The older generation believes there are lots of crazy people. I can see the skepticism, but you just have to be patient, and very careful."

The contest was launched in December and was open to couples in the U.S. and Canada who met on the site and are now engaged to be married.

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