Despite it being 2016, and having every shred of common sense tell you it shouldn’t matter, chances are, if you are in a long distance relationship and happen to be spending Valentine’s Day weekend apart, you might feel a tinge of sadness.
And you’re not alone either — millions of couples in long-distance relationships will be separated for February 14th. That’s a lot of conflicting feelings surrounding the day of love.
After learning about one PlentyOfFish couple’s long-distance relationship (Kristen hails from New Jersey and Johnny from Pennsylvania), PlentyOfFish decided to bridge the gap by flying them both into Vancouver, British Columbia for an all-expenses paid romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. What followed was a very sweet reunion, and a reminder that love is truly greater than distance.
But what about the millions of other long-distance couples who may be spending Valentine’s Day apart this year? The Dating Experts at PlentyOfFish have you covered there too. Below are four simple tips to keep you feeling close to your partner this Valentine’s Day, even if there are miles stretching in between:
Call Your Love First Thing: There’s nothing quite like hearing the voice of your Valentine first thing in the morning to get your day started on the right foot. Even if you can’t be together physically, you’d be surprised at how effective a few kind words over Skype or the phone can be.
Send A Letter – Or Email! Trust us when we say that everyone loves receiving a little written reminder that they matter. The days of the love letter aren’t over, so even if you can’t mail a letter in time, compose an email highlighting everything you love about your person, or even recap a special shared memory.
Plan A Reunion – So you can’t spend Valentine’s Day together…but you can definitely plan for the next time your paths will cross. This will both keep your spirits up, and give you something to look forward to. Blue skies ahead!
Try Not To Stress – Most importantly, whatever you do, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves. Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the year, and letting your partner know you care about them on the 364 other days is just as important. That’s the most romantic thing of all.
We’re celebrating those who go the extra mile this February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day from PlentyOfFish
Every Day, PlentyOfFish receives love stories from couples who’ve found love on the site, and all of them are unique. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we’re posting stories written by these couples in their own words. Here is Krystal’s long- distance love story:
I had been on PlentyOfFish for a month or so and had talked to several guys, but never actually progressed to the meeting stage. I had even started talking to a guy in Vegas and he was supposed to come up and meet me…but I was stood up! I was pretty crushed, vowed to delete my profile and give it up.
Then a day or so later, I did a 180 and decided I’d start browsing all people PlentyOfFish recommended for me, message all of them and then see what happened.
Strangely, The first profile I came across intrigued me. This guy seemed to like nerdy things like me! And he wrote enough in his profile to give me a feel for who he was (and he used proper grammar!), so I thought, this must be too good to be true! Where is he from? My heart sank – Vegas. Still stinging from the last Vegas possibility, I decided it best to just pass him up and move on.
Lo and behold, 5 minutes later, he messaged me!! We talked a little on PlentyOfFish before switching to texts. This was on a Sunday.
I had Thursday off from work and had planned to go to the Vegas Renaissance Faire that weekend after work on Saturday. I jokingly told him to come up (about a 2 hour drive) and visit me Thursday. He agreed!
We hit it off immediately, and hung out together Thursday to Saturday then met up again Saturday night at the Renaissance Faire. I was getting good vibes, but then he left the faire early claiming to be tired but that he would meet me back at the faire Sunday morning. After not hearing from him again, I started to feel very discouraged.
Eventually, the faire was about to close and I was getting ready to leave… and my phone vibrates! Apparently his phone died and he wanted to know where we were so he could pick me up. He then officially asked me and we’ve been together ever since.
It’s been a great year, but it hasn’t been without it’s struggles. Our schedules haven’t always lined up. He works graveyards, our days off never lined up when I was working and going to school, so for the majority of our relationship we only got to see each other for a few hours for a couple of days a week.
I will say that a big reason our relationship has lasted as long as it has is because he has been very understanding of my inflexible schedule and he will drive up every weekend (except for the few exceptions when I would have the weekend to go down there) to see me for however long we had together that particular weekend.
We’ve had some wonderful trips together, Scandia in Ontario, CA for Valentines Day, Disneyland (my favorite) for our anniversary in Oct, a cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada for Christmas.
It’s been wonderful, hard, but we make it work because we want to make it work!
Imagine falling deeply in love with someone who lives over 1,000 miles away. Would you dive in head first and try your hardest to make it work, or would you give up and always wonder what could have been?
Love knows no boundaries for the two incredible people you are about to meet!
We learned about Marcus and Gina’s special PlentyOfFish success story just this past November and are very excited to share it with you.
Where do you live?
Gina: New York City, New York Marcus: Orlando, Florida
Marcus: Gina took the reins on that one and messaged me first. I noticed her profile once before and thought, whoa she is beautiful!
Gina: I definitely reached out to Marcus first. I saw his picture one day, but at the time I had gone on a couple dates with someone else. In the end that didn’t work out, so I went back on PlentyOfFish and there was Marcus again under Meet Me. I decided to go for it!
Why did you feel so compelled to message Marcus?
Gina: I viewed his profile and noticed we had a lot in common; both liked the Yankees, he was a family man (I have a son myself) and had great taste in music. He was fully clothed in his profile picture (laughs!) and I was definitely attracted to him.
How long did your first conversation last?
Gina: June 30, 2012 was the first message and we talked from 3:44pm-5:37pm (yes, I timed it and saved all our conversations)! Marcus asked for my number at the end of our message thread, we exchanged texts which eventually lead to phone calls and an invite to NYC for our first date!
Marcus: Once we started talking there was no looking back from there. This was it. When I visited Gina in NYC, we had to make a trip to Sprint to get Gina’s phone fixed from the amount of saved messages she had from our lengthy conversations.
What was your first date like? Were you nervous? (3 weeks after they first met online, Gina and Marcus met face to face in NYC)
Marcus: Nervous? Not at all. Gina had mentioned to me that her son had joined a bowling league so I thought it would be a great first date idea. I already felt so comfortable with Gina since we had talked so much on the phone together.
Gina: I was so nervous to see him for the first time! I picked him up at the airport. We arrived at the bowling alley but there was quite the wait so Marcus suggested we play a game of pool. I used to play pool often and knew I could kick his butt, my nerves got the best of me and I was a hot mess.
What is the most romantic thing Marcus/Gina has ever done for you?
Gina: There have been a lot of things. Out of the blue he will send me little videos saying “I miss you, I love you and I can’t wait for us to be together.” There was this one morning in Florida at 4:30am when Marcus woke me up and said let’s go to the beach and catch the sunrise. We sat on a lifeguard chair with a blanket while the sun came up on the water and to our surprise a pod of dolphins swam by! I will never forget how I felt in that moment with Marcus.
Marcus: I’m a huge football fan and my team was playing a big game in London, England but unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the game. I made a trip to NYC to visit Gina and when I arrived she had her living room set up like the city of London with props, photos and an amazing food spread. She knew just how much the game meant to me and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
At what point did you know this was forever?
Gina: To be honest it was almost immediate for me, but it felt too good to be true, I kept pinching myself. I never imagined a relationship like this one was even possible. After Marcus left NYC on his first trip, I was sitting on the porch with my best friend and he looked at me and said “Gina you have a glow about you, who is it?” He knew I was head over heels.
Marcus: I was telling a coworker about Gina when I got home from NYC and he said “she’s the one you will end up with, I just know it.” Gina still wonders what I told him! (laughs) It was a steady progression for me over time because the more I got to know Gina, I realized we clicked on all levels. Every day just keeps getting better and better.
What are you most looking most forward to in the future together?
Gina: I will be moving to Orlando, Florida with my son in the New Year which is a huge step for our little family. I can’t wait to have the two families together and legitimately be able to see Marcus on a daily basis. No more tearful goodbyes at the airport!
Marcus: I am looking most forward to starting our lives together in one place and growing deeper in love every day.
Love is always in the air here at PlentyOfFish headquarters, but this time it’s for our amazing moms. With Mother’s Day less than 2 weeks away, we’re asking you to share the love–with a photo of your mom and you–and in return we’ll give you a chance at winning a $500 Mother’s Day giveaway. Who knows, this may even make up for that year you forgot Mother’s Day…
What is #PlentyOfLove4Mom? It’s a way for you to share just how alike you and your mom really are, and in doing so, you’ll enter to win one of two $500 Mother’s Day Giveaway. Hilarious, inspiring, loving, fun, and even kooky photos are all welcome. That’s right, starting April 30th at 2pm PST a tweet or ‘gram could win you $500 for you and mom. Here’s how:
2. Share a photo of you and your mom on Twitter and/or Instagram. Hilarious, inspiring, loving, fun, and even kooky photos are all welcome. Sharing your photo on both Twitter and Instagram will get you two entries into the contest.
3. Use the hashtag #PlentyOfLove4Mom so we can track your post.
Contest closes on May 8th 2015 at 3pm. We will choose 2 winners (TWO chances of wining!) who will go home with a $500 Mother’s Day Giveaway.
See full rules here:
#PlentyOfLove4Mom Mother’s Day Giveaway: TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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Eligibility: The Giveaway is open to individuals who are legal residents of the Giveaway Territory and who each are not previous winners of a Plentyoffish giveaway or contest. Each participant agrees to abide fully by these Terms & Conditions. Employees of Sponsor and its affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and any business or entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this Giveaway, and each of their immediate families (defined as current spouse, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses) and individuals (whether related or not) living in the same household as the foregoing parties are ineligible. The Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions and to accept the decisions of Sponsor as final in all matters relating to this Giveaway.
Giveaway Period: The Giveaway begins 2:00PM Pacific Time (PT) on April 30, 2015, and ends at 3:00 PM PT on May 7, 2015 (the “Giveaway Period”).
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All decisions regarding the appropriateness of the content of any entry shall be at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
Drawing: At the close of the Giveaway Period, two (2) winners (each, a “Winner”) will be determined by a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. Sponsor’s decision is final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway. Odds of winning depend on the actual number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be notified by direct message via the Twitter handle or the Instagram username they use for entry. If a potential winner is unreachable for 24 hours after the first attempt to contact such winner or is unable to attend, Sponsor may award the Prize to an alternate entrant. This Giveaway is in no way Sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc, Twitter, Inc., or Instagram.
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Every single day, happy couples who met on PlentyOfFish share their love stories with us. These success stories are always music to our ears here at the PlentyOfFish office. The love story of Kelly and Jake, however, is a very special one.
Kelly and Jake, a happy couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, met on PlentyOfFish two years ago. They went through some unique twists and turns to get to where they are today – you’ll never believe what Jake did for Kelly! Below is their exclusive interview with us:
Kelly, please tell us the story of how you met and fell in love with Jake!
Jake and I met two years ago, the night after I celebrated my 27th birthday. He was persistently asking to meet me in person for awhile (via POF messages) but I kept avoiding meeting him – for no particular reason. Finally on this lazy Sunday I agreed to go out for a late dinner. We had great conversation throughout dinner, which is important to me, but I didn’t feel that initial spark that some people say they get right away.
What is funny to look back on, is that I remember going to my friend’s house after our date and saying “nope, I’m not into him! He has a tattoo on his hand.” However, after that first date, Jake continued to pursue me and we hung out a lot during the following months. We formed a very strong friendship and connection. I was still on the fence about dating him because he has a son, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to get involved in that kind of a relationship or play that role at that point.
Over the next year, we kept it quite casual due to me not really being ready for anything too serious. At the end of 2012, I decided I was going to live abroad in Australia, solo. This was something I had always wanted to do, and had planned on doing before meeting Jake. Jake seemed happy for me and even helped me plan my trip, but he admits to me now how sad he was to see me go.
In January of 2013, it was time to say goodbye. Jake and I hugged and cried, and we said “I love you” to each other for the first time. It was extremely hard leaving him. Perhaps, in the midst of being distracted planning and getting ready for Australia, I was blind to the amazing relationship and bond we had formed over the last year.
While I was in Australia we kept in touch almost daily, but during the first 3 months I was mostly into sightseeing, meeting new people and just doing my own thing. However, I definitely missed him a lot.
On March 12, 2013, I received a knock on the door of where I was living in Melbourne, Australia. I was in the middle of having an afternoon nap. I peeked through the blinds and all I saw was cargo shorts (I should have know by that very fact) I opened the door, rubbing my eyes, and I couldn’t believe my eyes that JAKE was standing there.
Needless to say, I was in complete shock! Jake had flown from Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, to surprise me and knock on my door. He told me that I am the love of his life and that he had to tell me in person! I laugh now because I still can’t believe men like him actually exist! Really? A man doing something like that is practically unheard of in our generation. What makes his grand gesture even more romantic, is that he was only able to get away from work for four nights, but he still came all the way to Australia! That’s a 24 hour flight each way, so he knew he’d only get to spend two days with me – but he still thought it was worth it!
There was a mutual understanding that Jake wouldn’t be staying. Living abroad in Australia was something I wanted to solo, for myself. However as time passed, and after the shock of his surprise visit wore off, I missed him more and more and realized that he is the one I want. No new opportunities in Australia could compete with what my heart wanted: Jake.
In July 2013, he flew me to Bali and we got to spend 10 days on vacation together. That trip was the tipping point for me; I knew I had to come home from Australia earlier than planned, to be with Jake. He booked me a flight back to Vancouver for September 2013, we moved in together, and the rest is history!
Jake, what made Kelly stand out initially on POF? What made her stand out when you met?
I thought she seemed like an honest down to earth woman, and she was super cute. When we met she was very bubbly and positive, and I am very attracted to that. She was very easy to relate to and talk to.
Kelly, what made Jake stand out initially on POF? What made him stand out when you met?
Jake kept messaging me on POF, pestering me to hang out, and when I finally did I loved our conversation. We had a lot in common. He seemed like a really solid, nice guy- with a great smile. Oh, and he was tall! I like really tall guys!
Jake, how and when did you know that Kelly was someone who you definitely wanted to pursue?
The closer it got to the time for Kelly to go to Australia, My feelings got stronger and stronger. When she was away in Australia, it really hit me that she was the one.
Kelly, how and when did you know that Jake was someone who you definitely wanted to pursue?
After Jake left Melbourne I started to have really strong feelings for him, and after Bali I knew he was the one I wanted to be with.
Today, Kelly and Jake are still happily living together in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jake owns a sign, print and graphic design company called Liquid Grafix. Kelly, a very talented furniture refinisher, realized she had a lot of DIY tips and now runs her very own lifestyle blog A Shabby To Chic Life. Kelly also works as a web designer and social media manager for Jake’s company, Liquid Grafix.
Every single day, happy couples who met on Plentyoffish share their love stories with us. One of those very special success stories comes from Tracy and Jordon, a Canadian couple who met on Plentyoffish last year. Shortly after joining Plentyoffish, Tracy began messaging with Jordon. Both Tracy and Jordon were in similar situations, as they were both single parents with two children from previous relationships. Jordon is a soldier with the Canadian Army, and Tracy is a Personal Injury Paralegal. Both Tracy and Jordon had relocated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and did not know many people in the Edmonton area – thus encouraging them to try out Plentyoffish.
Tracy and Jordon messaged each other for about a month before meeting. Once they met, they knew instantly that they had an amazing connection. They dated for a few months, and then Jordon proposed to Tracy! Shortly after becoming engaged, the happy couple learned that they were expecting. During Tracy’s ultrasound, she was shocked to learn that she was pregnant with TRIPLETS! Now, if you have been keeping count, they both had two kids each from previous relationships. Suddenly they were going to have seven kids!
The couple is currently planning a 2014 wedding. They were initially going to get married in September 2013, but upon learning of the triplets, they were forced to postpone the wedding due to the high risk nature of the pregnancy.
The triplets, Emily Rae-Anne, Madison Marie-Faith, and Aiden Oliver-Paul, were born February 3, 2014. Tracy and Jordon were thrilled that all 3 babies were healthy and beautiful. Below is their exclusive interview with us:
Tracy, what was it that caused Jordon to initially stand out among all the other POF users?
Jordon hit the “yes”button for wanting to meet me. I saw him on the list on my POF account. It was strange because I had quite a few guys messaging me quickly after joining. Some nice and some very weird.
I wasn’t necessarily looking to meet anyone right away. I didn’t happen upon that ‘meet me’ page until my second day having the POF account. We seemed to click instantly, though we did not meet for few weeks. I finally agreed to meet up with Jordon after he lost a bet on a Calgary Flames game and he owed me (the Flames fan) and iced capp.
Jordon, how did you know Tracy was the one, and when did you know?
In late May/early June, I was out of town in Wainwright for training for 2 months, and Tracy came to see me. It was a defining moment for our relationship that she was willing to come to Wainwright just to visit me. That was when I knew.
Tracy, how did you know Jordon was the one, and when did you know?
Jordon is from small town southern Alberta and I am from Calgary, but we were both living in the Edmonton area. He decided he wanted me to meet his family for Easter. Driving there (over a 6 hour drive) was such an incredible bonding experience for me with him. We talked about absolutely everything from religion to relationships and I realized he was the most amazing person I ever met. That was when I knew.
What was your reaction when you found out you were having triplets?
Interesting story. I had gone to emergency just out of an abundance of caution when I noticed a small change in the pregnancy. They decided to give me an ultrasound. I had texted Jordon to come to the hospital but he didn’t receive the message until hours after it was initially sent, due to cell phone reception issues in the building where he works, so he was not there for the actual ultrasound. During the procedure the tech kept saying things to me like, “are you on fertility drugs?” and things like that. Then she left the room. When she returned she was with the radiologist and I was thinking “uh-oh…this is bad news” when he began to run the ultrasound again. Then he said to me “I am not counting one baby. I am not counting two babies. I am counting THREE babies.” Then I burst out laughing.
I was taken back to the hall and was sitting on a gurney when the two doctors flanked me, and that is when Jordon found me. The doctors looked at me and said “do you want to tell him or should we?” so I told him the way that the radiologist told me. Jordon also laughed.
Part of the reason we had to laugh when we heard the news, was because I actually had an inkling that I was carrying multiples. However, at the medicentre, they only did a quick check on one side, found one heartbeat, and left it at that – not checking the other side! This caused Jordon to think I was crazy and say “See? They only found one heartbeat!”
What were some of the reactions from your loved ones when they found out about the triplets?
They were in shock and disbelief. Most of them were scared of what this would mean for us. They immediately stood behind us and have helped us so much through this transition. We would not be anywhere near as successful as we have been without their help.
Now that you have SEVEN kids between the two of you, what changes have taken place? New home? Change in career?
Since learning of the triplets, we have made huge changes. The biggest change was moving myself and my two children in with Jordon and his children. We are all living in a 3 bedroom PMQ on the military base located in Lancaster Park, Alberta. I was forced to go on disability fairly early on during my pregnancy, but my firm has been amazing with me, helping as much as they can. My departure from work resulted in a drastic decrease in the monthly income. I quickly became even more bargain savvy than I had ever been. I have begun couponing as much as possible and shop during the off season to seize as much savings as possible for us. This also ensures we have everything we need. We continue to reside in our 3 bedroom residence for the time being and it can be a bit crazy at times, but we manage incredibly well. We are a great team and that helps enormously. Jordon continues to serve with the Canadian Armed Forces, though we have been fortunate enough that he is able to take off when the children need appointments, etc.
How rare do you think it is, and how difficult do you think it is, to find someone special who you feel chemistry with – and share a special connection with?
We agree that a connection like we have made is incredibly rare. Finding someone that you have a major connection with and share a bond with is something that we have never felt to this degree until we met each other. We would have NEVER met each other were it not for POF. With that being said, perhaps the chances become more likely when you venture out of your comfort zone and join a website that is so readily accessible to so many people in so many different walks of life. It truly opens the doors to so many opportunities in love…though you have to be prepared to weed through a lot of potential suitors, we believe you can access so many more love opportunities by taking a chance. We are both glad we took that chance and joined PlentyOfFish.
In September of 2009 Brandon and Chanel met on Plentyoffish. They quickly fell in love and 2 years later were engaged. As they started planning their wedding, they started thinking about how they could make their day unique while still sticking to a budget. As an ode to where they first met, they decided to incorporate PlentyOfFish into their big day. Here are Chanel and Brandon’s top 10 tips to PlentyOfFish-ify your wedding day on a budget:
1. Add embellishments to customize your look. Adding embellishments to your shoes, veil, fascinator, even bridesmaid dresses is an affordable way to add some sparkle and customize your pieces while keeping the budget in check. Chanel took a pair of sparkly blue heels and added even more sparkle by covering the area of the entire heel with silver sequins. Chanel also added creative embellishments to her and her bridesmaids’ fascinators, and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and all of the corsages.
2. Get to know your paint brush and scissors. Incorporating the Plentyoffish theme into your invitations and Save the Dates is a great way to introduce the theme to your guests early on. When your guests know the theme before your wedding day, they’ll notice your incorporation much more easily. Chanel and Brandon spent countless hours after work and on the weekends hand-painting their own invitations and hand cutting their delicate fish shaped place cards.
3. Consider an uncomventional centerpiece. Centerpieces are what your guests will spend the most time looking at but can also be very expensive if you choose to incorporate flowers. What better way to grab their attention than to catch their eye with a live, moving, beautiful creature. This is also a very affordable way to integrate your theme and keep the kids at the wedding entertained during dinner.
4. Use your cake topper and wedding favors to show off your theme. Another highly visible piece of decor at your wedding is the cake. If you’re going to splurge on anything throughout your wedding in order to incorporate your theme, your cake topper is the place to do it. It is an opportunity to add detail, creativity while integrating the bride and groom and how they met.
5. Browse sites for inspiration. When you first start planning your wedding, it’s difficult to know where to start – how far should you take the theme? What are some affordable ways to incorporate the theme? How do we make incorporate the theme in a seamless and tasteful way? Browsing sites likes Pinterest, Etsy and the Knot will give you creative ideas for ways you can incorporate the plenty of fish theme (without going overboard) into your own wedding. Check these out for some needed inspiration: Plentyoffish Wedding ideas on Etsy, Plentyoffish Wedding ideas on Pinterest
This week was a whirlwind triple threat for PlentyOfFish. Valentine’s Day, one of the biggest and most celebrated days in the online dating industry was upon us, which also happened to coincide with the PlentyOfFish anniversary exploding onto the scene 10 years ago. Most poignantly though, this week we announced the winners of PlentyOfFish’s $100,000 Wedding Contest: Andrea Ellis and Dave Mazur.
The Edmonton couple connected on PlentyOfFish in June 2011, and after some marathon phone conversations and getting to know each other, decided it was time to meet. 9 months later, they were engaged. Its millions of love stories like Andrea and David’s that help put what we do here at PlentyOfFish in perspective. They’re not a set of numbers or statistics; they’re a tangible reminder of the humanity that is at the core of this industry.
As the entire office exploded with a surprise “CONGRATULATIONS!” for the unsuspecting couple, the emotion of the moment was written across the faces of everyone in the room. This contest was meant to remind our users that love is out there, to take chances, and to be hopeful – but in the end it was our users that ended up reminding us of a thing or two as well.
Cheers to Andrea and David, and to PlentyOfFish continually finding new ways to help bring people together, and pursue and celebrate love!
Everybody can appreciate an epic love story. So today, we’re thrilled to announce The PlentyOfFish $100,000 Wedding Contest!
We’re inviting all engaged couples who met on PlentyOfFish to submit their love stories for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000 to put towards a wedding, honeymoon, or starting a life together! Countless success stories already line the walls of our offices, but we decided it was time to celebrate all of the couples who decided to give love a chance and join PlentyOfFish!
All couples will be asked to submit 4 photos, the story of how they met and fell in love, and an explanation of why they deserve to win the grand prize. Submissions will be accepted between December 27, 2012 and January 14, 2013.The most unique, creative and original submissions will be entered into the first round of the contest where PlentyOfFish users will be asked to vote for their favorite couples. The couples who receive the most votes during Round 1 will advance to Round 2 of voting. The grand prize winner of the $100,000 cash prize will be rewarded to the couple who collects the most votes in Round 2.
This is a life-changing opportunity for some very special couples, and just so happens to be the biggest giveaway we’ve ever done…seems Christmas came a little late this year! We’re looking forward to reading some pretty amazing stories, so we have a tissue box on hand.