A divorced mum has married the plate-smashing Greek waiter – who she danced with at her FIRST wedding.
Natalie Perry, 37, met waiter Fred Kasa, 36, at the reception after tying the knot with her first husband following a beach wedding in Crete.
Photos show her in her wedding dress holding his hand – and her husband’s – while they all perform the traditional ‘Zorba’ dance at her reception.
Five years later she revisited the restaurant after splitting up with her hubby – and instantly bonded with Fred.
After a whirlwind holiday romance they became an item and tied the knot last month.
Once again they danced together – this time swapping the Zorba for a slow-dance as man and wife.
Natalie, from Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, said: “I cant believe still that my husband danced with me at both my weddings!
“I just didn’t expect this would happen.
“It’s just crazy to think when I danced with him at my first wedding to my ex husband that I was going to marry him.
“It’s funny how life can turn out – you just don’t know what’ll pan out.
“He’s just the ideal man – he’s incredibly laid-back.
“He’s the one I’ve been waiting for my entire life.”
Mum-of-two Natalie has holidayed in Crete annually for the past 25 years.
Her love for the Greek island saw her marry her first husband there in 2012, in a beach ceremony.
They held their celebration with friends and family in a taverna nearby, where Fred was working as a waiter.
The whole group burst into the Zorba – a popular dance where people hold arms and kick their legs – for ten minutes.
During the performance waiter Fred and Natalie danced side by side.
She continued to take yearly visits to the Greek island with her husband until they separated in 2016.
The next year Natalie went back to Crete on a family holiday – this time without her ex-husband – and returned to the restaurant she had partied at on the night of her wedding.
Natalie said: “We went to the greek taverna again because the kids loved the smashing plates and dancing in the street.
“That night the Greek dancer was watching me – I could feel his eyes.
“I went to the toilet to wash my hands and he came up to me and we started chatting.
“I went back to the table I was talking to my mum and said he had asked me out. She went up to him and gave him my name and number.
“He asked me out for a coffee the next day.
“We just had this connection and we clicked right away.
“I recognised him immediately from before, I knew it was him.
“When we went out for a coffee Fred remembered my wedding and we started talking about it.”
The pair spent the rest of the week together before Natalie flew back to the UK and they became a long-distance couple.
They would write letters to one another and take their first holiday together to Athens before Fred surprised Natalie by turning up on her doorstep with a bunch of flowers.
He moved into her parents’ house in December 2017 and six months later he asked Natalie to marry him.
Natalie was granted a divorce from her ex-husband on Christmas Eve 2019.
The pair booked a slot at the registry office as soon as Fred received a letter of permission to marry Natalie from the Home Office, and got married on 8 February 2020.
The pair are now living as man and wife in Gloucestershire and are planning their honeymoon later in the year – to Crete.
Fred said: “Every time we met and she went home it became even more upsetting because we had become closer.
“I knew she was the one I wanted to marry. The feeling was crazy. I had never been so in love with anyone. Everyday I missed her more.
“She looked beautiful, like a princess and she was going to become my wife.
“Now she is my wife, I am just so happy and we are so happy together”.
Natalie added: “I always thought he was good looking.
“But we would never go beyond a friendly ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.
“That night [after my first wedding] we had live music with smashing plates and dancing in the street.
“To think I danced with her at her first wedding and then we had our dance at our wedding is crazy!”