|Andrea Ellis and her fiance David Mazur. (Submitted Photo)
VANCOUVER — Just a week after meeting a bubbly young woman on the dating site PlentyOfFish.com, David Mazur was convinced he no longer needed the service.
“I wrote a little blurb on PlentyOfFish thanking everyone and saying, ‘Hey, I found the love of my life and I’m leaving here a happy fish.’”
The Edmonton man was squeezing that same woman in his arms Wednesday as dozens of employees at POF’s Vancouver headquarters tossed glittery confetti and hollered, “Congratulations!” at him and fiancee Andrea Ellis.
The stunned lovebirds, who had their first date nearly two years ago, were handed a cheque for $100,000 after POF members picked them as their favourite engaged couple who met on the site.
Ellis looked at Mazur after winning the money and told him, “I want to start a family with you.”
POF founder Markus Frind said he’s wanted to give away wedding money to an exceptionally loving couple.
“We’ve had 1.9 million people tell us that they’ve entered a relationship with someone (through POF),” he said. “We thought this would be a great way to bring that alive.”
Ellis and Mazur insist their wedding plans won’t explode into an elaborate celebration.
“But the fact that we’ll have no debt (is a relief),” she said
Despite Mazur’s conviction Ellis was the one for him after just one week, she admits those initial feelings weren’t exactly mutual.
“Me? Not so much. It took me two or three months,” she said with a chuckle.