Bachelorette: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Trista And Ryan Sutter’s Relationship
Trista Sutter first stole our hearts as the runner-up in season 1 of The Bachelor. Instead of being sent home empty-handed after Alex Michel chose Amanda Marsh, Sutter became the ABC’s first-ever Bachelorette! As the star of The Bachelorette in 2003, she met her now-husband, Colorado firefighter, Ryan Sutter! Fourteen years later, the two are still happily married with two children. It’s no secret the odds were against them as a reality TV couple, but somehow they are among the few Bachelor nation couples who’ve defied the odds and stayed together, so let’s take a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Trista and Ryan Sutter’s Relationship!
10. Normal Life
After they finished filming, Trista and Ryan got married in an elaborate ceremony and moved to Colorado where Ryan works as a firefighter, and Trista is a stay-at-home mom, author, and blogger. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Trista and Ryan were adamant that despite their reality TV fame, their lives are pretty normal! “Honestly, I think inside of each of us we know the relationship is gonna last and love is not necessarily a fairy tale,” said Ryan. They stepped away from the limelight to live a quieter life. “[We’re] really living life quiet and happy in Colorado. Life in the Sutter home is all about our kids,” said Trista. Ryan then added: “Yeah, I don’t think life in the Sutter home is unlike most American homes.”
Even though they live a low-key, quiet life now, there’s no denying their relationship was once much more glamorous. After the season finale, Trista and Ryan got married in an elaborate multi-million dollar wedding which aired on ABC for the franchise’s first-ever televised wedding ceremony. In exchange for allowing them to film their special day, ABC, of course, footed the cost. Prior to the wedding, Trista had said to People, “Never ever would I have been able to afford this.” The wedding took place on Dec. 6, 2003 and was broadcast as a mini-series called Trista & Ryan’s Wedding. The special drew a whopping 26 million viewers and, according to People, they were paid $1 million in return.