Marijane Soilis

Marijane Soilis

Based In: Scotland
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Marijane Soilis

Marijane Soilis

Based In: Scotland
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

Hey y’all! I’m MJ, an American gone highlander – planning and photographing elopements around Scotland.

I grew up in the suburbs of New York, and studied Environmental Sciences and Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont (go cats!), and somehow ended up in Scotland. That’s just how life works.

 

ABOUT ME

I met my husband in Southeast Asia during a post-graduation backpacking trip around the world. He was seriously wearing a kilt when we met. We eloped in Australia after just a year together,

because when you know, you know – as I’m sure you know.

I’ve been to 43 countries, lived in 4 of them, and constantly travel between the US and Scotland. In my free time, I like to go hiking, kayaking, and camping! I’ve formally trained as an outdoor guide, and have led many group trips in the outdoors. I will always have a deep passion for nature, and love to slow down and enjoy birdwatching when I find the time. I also love reading, playing board games, and sitting by our firepit out back!

 

MY PHOTOGRAPHY

My dad is Greek, and grew up on a really small island. His father – my grandfather – was the first photographer on the island. He took photos of everything. After he passed, my dad took on all his negatives. As I grew up, I watched my dad dedicate his life to scanning and sharing these photos with friends and family from the island – thousands of photos of ancestors, landscapes of the old island, peaceful moments in the sun.

I never officially picked up photography. It’s always been a part of me. Photography has always been my way to process daily life, collect memories, and slow down time as I felt it slip away. It’s my excuse to see beautiful places, and do amazing things. 

 

ELOPEMENTS

Other than being an eloper myself, I came into the world of elopements thanks to a friend. Like most people, her wedding was postponed due to the pandemic. They were so stressed out, and something that was meant to be full of love and celebration became a heavy weight that dragged them down every single day. Weddings are not supposed to be stressful.

I encouraged them to do what felt right to them. Not to wait until it was convenient for everyone else. So they decided to scoot up to the highlands, declare their love for each other, and figure the rest out later. And I was lucky enough to photograph it for them.

Now I work as an elopement planner at one of the top elopement companies in Scotland. I work with loads of international couples every year planning bespoke elopements all over the country. I know all the in’s and out’s of eloping in Scotland, where to go, what to do, which places to stay. I’m a living, breathing Google Map. When you work with me, you gain access to all my local knowledge and advice – not just as a photographer, but as an outdoor guide, an organised planner, and a travel expert.

All in all, I have always loved nature, exploration, and creativity – and I’m constantly inspired by how they all magically collide in the world of elopements. I feel so lucky every day to help couples escape mainstream wedding traditions, and choose adventure over expectations. Welcome to the best decision you’ll ever make!

A special two-day elopement, hiking at the Old Man of Storr.
A special two-day elopement, hiking at the Old Man of Storr.
On the way to a gorgeous ceremony in a quiet corner of Skye.
On the way to a gorgeous ceremony in a quiet corner of Skye.
Playing with light and creating unique photos.
Playing with light and creating unique photos.
Windy ceremony at the Fairy Pools.
Windy ceremony at the Fairy Pools.
Post-ceremony adventure in the rain at Sligachan Bridge.
Post-ceremony adventure in the rain at Sligachan Bridge.
Wandering around the best locations on Skye during the second day of an elopement.
Wandering around the best locations on Skye during the second day of an elopement.
Exploring the streets and hidden gems of Edinburgh.
Exploring the streets and hidden gems of Edinburgh.
Enjoying the rare sunshine on a beach.
Enjoying the rare sunshine on a beach.
Capturing real moments of happiness and love.
Capturing real moments of happiness and love.
Wandering the monuments after an Edinburgh ceremony.
Wandering the monuments after an Edinburgh ceremony.
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The day was absolutely amazing, better than we could have ever dreamed. The Isle of Skye was wild on our wedding day which led to us having to deviate from our original plans. MJ had prepared us for this possibility ahead of time and she quickly finalized a plan B on the fly. The plan B turned out to be the perfect day for us, and if we were to do it again we wouldn't change a thing. MJ was with us for the whole day as a guide, organizer, driver, photographer, and every other job that was needed. At the end of the day she put together a beautiful table setting for us and our guests to enjoy the best wedding meal possible at our Airbnb. We have so many precious memories, thank you so much for the best elopement process and the best day ever.

Janessa & Travis
Two-Day Isle of Skye Elopement
Wandering Since 2022

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