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The Bachelorette’s Trista and Ryan Sutter Bring Kids Blakesley and Maxwell to ‘The Golden Wedding’

OG Bachelorette couple Trista and Ryan Sutter turned The Golden Wedding into a family affair with their two kids.

Trista, 51, and Ryan, 49, celebrated Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist‘s live nuptials with fellow Bachelor Nation favorites on Thursday, January 4. Trista glowed in a black strapless gown, while her husband opted for a classic suit, red tie and white sneakers. The twosome were joined by son Maxwell, 16, and daughter Blakesley, 14, who looked all grown up as they posed with their parents.

In a sweet family photo, Maxwell towered over his mom in a black suit and white tie. Blakesley wore a soft pink dress with a halter neckline and accessorized with a pair of matching shoes. She draped a cream-colored shawl around her arms.

Like Gerry and Theresa, Trista and Ryan tied the knot in a televised event. The couple exchanged vows in December 2003, marking their 20th anniversary last month.

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“They never said it would be easy but this year was easily one of the craziest, most challenging, most unpredictable years of the 20 we’ve now spent together. Big change and heartbreaking loss tested our resolve,” Ryan captioned an Instagram tribute in December 2023. “We left a community and friends and a lifestyle – a safe harbor – for a new adventure and to make a new home. We struggled and we cried. We laughed and we loved. We did it all and we did it together, like we always have.”

Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan Sutter Bring Kids Blakesley and Maxwell to 'The Golden Wedding'
Trista and Ryan Sutter with their children Blakesley and Maxwell. Disney/Eric McCandless

He continued: “You and me, hand in hand, heart to heart. It started in front of millions but today it’s just us. No wedding special, no fanfare, no red carpet. Just Love. That’s all we’ve ever needed. I love you @tristasutter Now and forever. Happy Anniversary!!! HIF ❤️.”

Trista responded with a heartfelt message of her own, writing in the comments section, “From this words of affirmation girl, thank you babe for your words and most importantly, for your love. ❤️ You are my safe harbor, my happy place, and my absolute favorite love story. Here’s to living life and taking chances. 🥂 HIF.”

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Fans watched Gerry propose to Theresa during the season finale of The Golden Bachelor in November 2023. Trista played a role in Gerry’s journey, helping judge a pickleball tournament and offering some words of wisdom.

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Ryan and Trista Sutter. Disney/James Clark

“He was struggling a little bit, just, ‘I don’t know what to do,'” she told E! News after the finale aired. “And I said, ‘You need to find the person not necessarily that you can live with — of course, you wanna find somebody that you can live with — but you need to find the person that you can’t live without.’”

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When it came to getting married on TV, Trista hoped Gerry and Theresa could “just enjoy” the special moment together. “Weddings are stressful, and weddings on television are even more stressful,” she added. “So as long as you are focused on each other and come with intention, they’re gonna be great.”

Thursday’s ceremony was officiated by fellow Golden Bachelor alum Susan Noles — and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the bride and groom exchanged their vows.

“I promise to choose you every day as the one I love and never take your heart for granted. I promise to shout the ‘I love yous’ by day and whisper them softly at night,” Gerry said. “I promise to keep you safe, I promise to make you feel comforted in difficult times, and abundantly joyful in great times. I promise in those dark, pillow talk moments when the silence deafens to share my innermost thoughts with you, and to listen to yours tenderly and carefully because we have a trust that cannot be broken.”

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