Surprise! Trista Sutter gave her husband Ryan Sutter an unexpected gift for his 40th birthday: a secretly-planned family trip.
“His birthday was September 14th and I surprised him with a camping trip up to Leadville, Colorado, and a place called Twin Lakes,” Trista, 41, tells Us Weekly exclusively.
Leadville sits right outside the gorgeous Twin Lakes in central Colorado. The destination offered fun outdoor diversions for the Sutters and their two children: son Maxwell, 7, and daughter Blakesley, 5.
“We stayed in a brand new Airstream [RV],” Trista adds to Us. “[It was] Ryan’s dream come true.”
The family trip wasn’t the only present Trista gave her hubby for his 40th. She tells Us that she also presented him with “two stand-up paddleboards, and a corn hole game made by one of his firefighter buddies.”
She wished him a happy birthday social media, too. “40 yrs ago today, the world welcomed the man who continues to show me the true meaning of love,” she wrote on Instagram. “On your 40th birthday, I wish for you the kind of love & friendship & support that you have so lovingly shown me & our 2 beautiful babies for your next 40 years & beyond!!!”
Trista famously met her firefighter love on the first season of The Bachelorette in 2003. She chose Ryan over Charlie Maher, and married him in a televised event.
Now that they have been married for more than 10 years, Trista and Ryan have become the poster couple for the success of the ABC dating show. She recently dished to Parade magazine about what makes her relationship work.
“I think being grateful,” Trista told Parade in June. “Making sure that you are acknowledging how grateful you are for each other on a consistent basis, being realistic with each other, and knowing that he has to go for a bike ride or go for a swim, or work in the yard, he needs to have that alone time and I need to respect that just as he would respect me going to the gym or getting my nails done. And humor is a big part of our relationship. We obviously love each other, but we like each other also, you need to actually be friends with your partner.”