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Mountain Mayhem: That’s amore

May Selby
The Aspen Times
May SelbyGeorgia Kopelousos and Samuele Socci are tying the knot on Nov. 27 in Tuscany.

When Georgia Kopelousos of Aspen moved to Italy in the spring of 2006, she was in search of an exciting chapter of her life, which she found. What she didn’t expect, but stumbled upon soon after her arrival was amore, or true love. Living in the tiny town of Casole d’Elsa, Tuscany, Georgia met Samuele Socci, a local whose lineage extends deep into the region’s history. At the start of their courtship, he spoke no Eng­lish while she commanded a limited Italian vocabulary of about 3 words.

“By the time I picked up enough of the language to really communicate, it was too late – we’d already fallen in love,” she described.

Last spring, Samuele proposed, Geor­gia accepted, and plans for a Tuscan wedding were set into motion. On a recent visit to Aspen, Georgia’s cousin Elizabeth Slossberg, and dear friends Krista Klees and Amy Feldman hosted a “Big Fat Italian Wedding Shower” in her honor.

A partner at Crave in Willits Town Center, Elizabeth opened the hip dinner establishment exclusively for the occasion, presenting a delectable lunch spread of salads, pizzas, antipasti and other delicacies. In keeping with the Tuscan theme, the hostesses dec­orated the room with bouquets of sunflowers and enlarged pho­tos of the happy couple in Italy.

The chic guest list came armed with bridal gifts for the guest of honor, many which had been bought around the corner at Corky Woods, a green department store in Willits.

Next week, the mayor of Casole d’Elsa will marry Georgia and Samuele in Piazza Luchetti, the town square. The Nov. 27 wedding service will be conducted entirely in Italian with English translations by Paola Lotrecchiano, the mutual friend who intro­duced the pair. “And Since Samuele’s from Casole d’Elsa, the whole village will celebrate,” added the bride.

Afterward, the happy couple will celebrate with friends and family at a reception at a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside.

Following a honeymoon in South Africa, Georgia and Samuele will be moving back to Aspen.


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