ABC's 'Bachelorette' Trista Marries Ryan

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Thursday, December 11th, 2003

The Wedding Aired Wed. Night on ABC7Their vows almost drowned out by the drone of helicopters carrying paparazzi, America's made-for-television couple, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, were hitched on a two-hour ABC special shown Wednesday.

The network shelled out millions of dollars for the wedding of Rehn, star of "The Bachelorette" series, and the Vail, Colo., firefighter she chose as her man.

ABC hyped the event, taped last weekend at a resort near Palm Springs, Calif., as "the most anticipated wedding since Charles and Diana."

Rehn, a physical therapist and former Miami Heat cheerleader, hopes for a better outcome for the marriage to a man she called her "personal space-heater."

ABC estimated the wedding cost $3.77 million, including $500,000 for the 30,000 roses imported from Ecuador and the $30,000 for gift bags for the wedding party. Three thousand wine and champagne glasses were shipped in for the event.

The network hopes its investment will be rewarded in millions of viewers and advertising dollars.

Wedding guests included the star of ABC's latest edition of "The Bachelor," Bob Guiney, and his chosen woman, Estella Gardinier. Probably excluded was Kevin Allyn, Rehn's former manager, who's suing her for a $200,000 cut of the $1 million fee he said he negotiated from ABC for the rights to televise the wedding.

In Wednesday's preamble, ABC traced the couple's first meeting and followed them to meeting the minister before the ceremony. Country singer Brad Paisley sang a song for the couple's first dance.

Before taking his vows, Sutter asked his father for one last piece of advice.

"Hang in there, Ryan," he said. "It will soon be over."