From the way Dee Metro
moves about the dimly-lit sanctuary of the former Ridgefield Community Church
, one would think she
actually lives here.
Belltower Cathedral and Excalibur Limousine owner Dee Metro with her cat, Tinkerbella, in the
In fact, she
Metro is the owner of Belltower Cathedral and Excalibur Limousine, a business offering complete wedding services for couples throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon.
Along with her
15-year-old daughter, Angela, Metro
provides catering, limousine and town car service, bridal accessories and flower arrangements for up to 200 invitees.
And as an ordained minister, Metro
can even marry her
guests - upon request, of course.
Built in 1883 - nearly 30 years before Ridgefield
was incorporated - the church on S. Main Avenue housed a mixed Presbyterian and Methodist congregation for nearly a century before it disbanded in 1974.
After helping remodel the former Ridgefield Library building across the street in 1999, Metro
noticed the old church, then in dire need of a facelift and fresh coat of paint.
"I wanted to save the building," she
"And I thought it would be a great place for weddings."
bought the structure in 2004, moving herself and Angela into the residence underneath the church building located on the side of a bluff overlooking a channel of the Columbia River.
"It's definitely a labor of love," Metro