Bachelorette Alum Trista Sutter Shares Her 'Dark' Infertility Struggle

Trista Sutter’s positive outlook and warmth shone through when she appeared on the debut season of The Bachelorette.

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Trista Sutter: 'I Have Not Been Happy a Lot on Valentine's Day'

Trista Sutter may seem to many like one lucky lady, but before meeting her hubby Ryan, the former Bachelorette star says she had many dark days in the romance department.

“Oh, gosh, I’ve lived a lot of Valentine’s Days by myself and wanting someone like Ryan in my life,” Sutter, 41, told PEOPLE on Thursday. “I can’t remember one in particular that was horrible, but I do know that I had been alone a lot on Valentine’s Day and not been happy a lot on Valentine’s Day.”

Trista Sutter: My Struggles Made Me Grateful

Millions of viewers tuned in to see Trista Rehn fall in love with Vail, Colo., firefighter Ryan Sutter on The Bachelorette.

Ten years after the couple said “I do,” Trista, the 41-year-old wife and mother of two, had plenty of material to write her first book, Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart.

Ryan and Trista Sutter: How They Made Their Love Last

After 26 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, most couples have fizzled relatively quickly. But for Trista and Ryan Sutter, and four other couples from the reality dating franchise, love has been everlasting.

“The way we got together is so not normal,” Trista, 41, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But we do live a normal life. Yes, we met in a fantastical way, but it’s really what we did after the show that mattered.”

Trista & Ryan Sutter Renew Vows, Hilary Duff Channels Rudolph & More Weekend News

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but Taylor Swift’s birthday was delightful. So bundle up – here’s what you missed this weekend:

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5. John Goodman Tries on Jeggings … Enough Said

” “” “” “0” ]Goodman hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, meaning we got to watch him squeeze into a pair of jeggings and dress up as Dog the Bounty Hunter. Watch him in action.

The Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan Sutter Renew Wedding Vows

Ten years ago, 26 million viewers tuned in to see Bachelorette Trista Rehn marry firefighter Ryan Sutter.

On Saturday, the couple said ‘I do’ all over again in a more intimate ceremony in their hometown of Vail, Colo.

“It’s an understatement to say I hit the jackpot,” Trista, 41, tells PEOPLE of meeting her husband on the inaugural season of The Bachelorette. “He is such a good person. He gets better with age.”

Trista and Ryan Sutter Look Back After 10 Years Together

They’re known as the first couple of The Bachelor franchise – and for good reason. Trista and Ryan Sutter, who met on the first season of The Bachelorette, will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary later this year.

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Trista Sutter Turns 40!

Former (and first!) Bachelorette Trista Sutter celebrated her 40th birthday in Vail, Colo., Friday night with her husband Ryan Sutter and 150 of their closest friends and family.

“It’s truly been the best party ever thanks to my husband,” Trista tells PEOPLE of the bash held at Bol in Vail Village. “Believe me, there were happy tears at the party. I was in love with the fact that I knew everyone there.”