Trista and Ryan Sutter on Their 'Bachelorette' Journey and Secret to Success (Exclusive)

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Trista Sutter started it all. The Bachelor franchise experienced a lot of firsts with the former Miami Heat dancer. She was its first-ever Bachelorette, accepted the franchise's first-ever proposal when her now-husband, Ryan Sutter, got down on one knee, and tied the knot in its first-ever televised wedding.

Trista and Ryan were also the Bachelor franchise's first lasting couple, and they're still going strong, nearly 20 years later. 

"It's actually gotten to the point where it seems like you have to sort of remind yourself you're even on it," Ryan explained, as he and Trista spoke with ET's Lauren Zima via video chat on Monday. Ryan added that the megahit show "has been a really positive component of our life and obviously brought us together. So I can't complain too much."

The first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were featured on Monday night's episode of the highlight show, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever! For the Sutters, it was nice reliving their love story onscreen -- although Trista admitted it's easier for her than her husband.

"We met, we got engaged, we got married, had a family... for me, that's why I want to watch, because I want to see our love story unfold again," Trista explained. "And it's easier for me to get past me kissing other guys."

Trista was the runner-up on the first season of The Bachelor, starring Alex Michel, in 2002. Her season of The Bachelorette debuted the next year, in 2003 -- and that's where 30-year-old Trista met and fell in love with 28-year-old Ryan, a firefighter from Vail, Colorado. Seventeen million viewers tuned in to watch their wedding on ABC. 

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These days, it's Trista and Ryan's two kids, 12-year-old son Maxwell and 11-year-old daughter Blakesley, who are keeping them busy at home in Colorado. Now, with this highlights season of The Bachelor, Trista said she'd be OK with their kids learning about how their parents met on TV.