There's no denying that Trista Sutter is the poster child for Bachelor happy endings.
As a contestant on the show's very first season, Trista's heart was ultimately broken by Bachelor Alex Michel, but she quickly bounced back by becoming the first ever Bachelorette.
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Easy-on-the-eyes Ryan Sutter accepted her final rose, and 10 years of marriage and two children later, the Vail, Colorado couple remains stronger than ever. Trista just penned her first book, Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart, due out November 25, plus she'll soon launch a new line of home décor items with the brand Glory Haus.
Even though she's now a busy, working mom, Trista still finds time to watch The Bachelor every Monday night with the rest of us—except now she feels "maternal" toward all the contestants. "I mean, I'm so much older than all of them," she laughs.
YourTango: You and Ryan have been married for 10 years already! What's your secret?
Trista Sutter: There's not one answer. It's a bunch of things combined. We love each other; we like each other; we respect each other and we live in Colorado—we're isolated from the chaos of public life in a way. We have similar values, we love our family and we work hard at it. We're committed to each other and want to make this work.
YourTango: What's the best marriage advice you've received?
Trista Sutter: Last year, one of my closest friend's mom and dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and I asked her dad what advice he could give me for lasting as long as they had. He said the top three things were faith, friendship, and forgiveness, and I thought that was perfect. So hopefully, we'll continue to focus on all of the above.
YourTango: Do you think Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried will make it down the aisle?
Trista Sutter: I think she's super grounded. I haven't met him, but they seem super happy. I thought that maybe she was settling for him, because of what happened with Brooks. But I think that a big part of why they've been able to be successful is that he didn't watch the show. Not that they couldn't get past it, because now they have a foundation of living together and everything. I think they've done a great job so far, from what I've seen, and I wish them nothing but happiness
YourTango: What advice can you offer Sean and Catherine about getting married on TV?
Trista Sutter: I think they're doing a pretty good job on their own! I've met them and hung out with them. They have so much fun together, their relationship is about fun, and they're really grounded.
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YourTango: So will we see you at their wedding?
Trista Sutter: Maaaybe. I don't know if I can talk about that yet, so I'll just say maybe. KEEP READING YOURTANGO'S INTERVIEW WITH TRISTA SUTTER!
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