We are Mandi and Haylee, co-owners of Lily & Sparrow Photo Co. We are based out of the quaint beachside community of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. 

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MEET MANDI AND HAYLEE

We both began pursuing photography individually, but our stories became intertwined when our husbands felt called to plant a church together. We jokingly considered the idea of going into business as well and...that joke turned into reality in summer of 2015, and we LOVE it!

Mandi & Haylee are Christ followers, wives to pastors, and moms to precious little ones who keep us on our toes! While we have many things in common, we each bring a unique perspective to the table and thrive off of the creative energy of working together! There is a lot of life that happens when we’re not behind our lens, but we’re so thankful for the way that lens connects us with so many people like you!

We are honored to share in the love of two individuals and feel so blessed to get to work with such wonderful people each day! One of the many reasons we enjoy photographing weddings is because we have the honor of witnessing the union of two people become one. It’s not a job to us. It’s a JOY. We truly value you. We are passionate about documenting the meaningful moments of your day. Your story is like no other, and we want to share that through your images. Our goal is for your images to reflect who you are as a couple. More than just loving your images, we want you to be drawn in and relive the emotion of your day all over again!

Haylee, a native to the area, is a lover of Jesus, the wife to a man who charges new hills chasing after God, and a mama to two littles who ground her and teach her to press into the small things. She thrives on all things creative. She’s a lifelong learner, a wannabe gardener, a movie theologian; She hopes for sustainable living and desires deep community. 

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Mandi grew up as an Air Force Brat, moving all over the world as a child. Once her father retired, she lived in Niceville, FL (I know, I know…YES, the people are nice!), just across the bay. She is an extroverted, over-thinking, people-loving, coke-drinking, target-going, onion-despising, kind-of-girl. She is a follower of Jesus, the wife to the most incredible man...

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The things that give her life are slow days with family, exploring new places and imagining life there, and beholding and creating beauty. And in between all of it, it is an honor to step into the life of a new family or a bride and a groom, documenting all of those little moments that are chock-full of love - the real deal, authentic kind of love that makes this life full and worthwhile.

Mandi grew up as an Air Force Brat, moving all over the world as a child. Once her father retired, she lived in Niceville, FL (I know, I know…YES, the people are nice!), just across the bay. She is an extroverted, over-thinking, people-loving, coke-drinking, target-going, onion-despising, kind-of-girl. She is a follower of Jesus, the wife to the most incredible man...

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(biased or not…he’s pretty amazing!), and a mama to 4. Being a pastor’s wife and a mama has been transformative. Mandi thrives from surrounding herself around people, encouraging conversations, and family time.

Haylee, a native to the area, is a lover of Jesus, the wife to a man who charges new hills chasing after God, and a mama to two littles who ground her and teach her to press into the small things. She thrives on all things creative. She’s a lifelong learner, a wannabe gardener, a movie theologian; She hopes for sustainable living and desires deep community. 

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FLORIDA NATIVE, JESUS LOVER, MAMA, WIFE

HAYLEE

AIR FORCE BRAT, EXTROVERT, WIFE, MAMA

MANDI

THE MEANING BEHIND

Before our business became a reality, we dreamed up what our company should be called. So how did we come up with it? We’re glad you asked! :)

Individually, we wrote down words from the Bible that stood out to us. We looked at the lists we both created and began pairing them together. There were certain pairings that sounded catchy, but we didn’t want to settle for catchy...we wanted substance. So then we looked at the words ‘lilies’ and ‘sparrows.’

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin...But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28b,30)

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:30-31)

With these two Scriptures, we see how God cares for the seemingly insignificant, so how much more will He care for us? This strengthens our faith in God by seeing beauty in all that we are surrounded by.

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OUR BIBLES

THINGS WE LOVE

We desire to glorify God in all that we do, including our business. He has been everso gracious to us, and we hope to extend that grace to those we come in contact with.

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OUR FAMILIES

THINGS WE LOVE

Quality time with our families is precious to us. Whether we are spending the day at the playground with our children or out for a walk, it really doesn’t matter what we are doing, as long as we are together.

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LAUGHTER

THINGS WE LOVE

Put us together and we are going to be laughing! Life is full of so many fun moments. And when our kids get together? There’s no stopping them from making us laugh!

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GOOD MUSIC

THINGS WE LOVE

We love a variety of music, but can definitely be caught grooving at a wedding reception behind the camera! Pump up the 80’s music and you’ve got yourself a flash mob with us!

ADVENTURES

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THINGS WE LOVE

We get excited when new things come our way! Whether it’s traveling or life is changing, the newness sparks our creative hearts.

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