Don’t tell Jennifer Ramirez and Tim Partee that you can’t find true
love in a bar.
The couple, who met five years ago at Tin Horn Flats Bar and
Grill, married there Sunday morning in front of about three dozen
family members and friends.
Partee’s 6-year-old son, Westen, walked Ramirez down the aisle,
and his 8-year-old daughter, Jennalin, was the maid of honor during a
ceremony officiated by ordained minister Frank Woods, known as “The
“Like the morning, it’s a new beginning,” Woods said.
Partee, who was ill and had to make a take a trip to the emergency
room the evening before, said nothing would deter him from his
“Neither rain, nor hail, nor pneumonia will stop me from getting
married,” he said.
The union, though, got off to a rocky start. The first time Partee
asked her for a date, Ramirez, 39, declined.
“At first I told him no, because he was pretty much of a jerk,”
she said. “But over the course of time and with the changes he had
made, I [decided] I liked him.”
When he asked her out again, Ramirez accepted, and after a
three-year courtship, Partee proposed.
When they considered where to get married, Partee told her, “I’ve
got the perfect place. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this
Ramirez said her first reaction to getting married in a bar was a
“People don’t get married in a bar,” she said. “Then I immediately
thought about our whole span of time there, and realized, ‘Oh my
gosh, that is so perfect.’”
Although he no longer frequents the bar, Partee says the people he
met there are special to him.
Owners Darla Cook and husband Ed Bigger offered him friendship and
hired him as a cook when he needed a job, Partee said.
“When I stopped drinking,” Partee said, “I found out what
incredible people they are.”
Cook and Bigger were happy to have the wedding at their
“We’ve owned the bar five years, but it’s been around since 1938,”
To Cook’s knowledge, there had never been a wedding at Tin Horn
Flats before Sunday.