Marine Corps Ball 2012

As many of you know I am a very proud Marine wife who loves my Marine more than anything in the world.  Every year as a marine wife I get the pleasure of attending a ball for the marine corps birthday along with all of my husbands fellow marines. The ball is a time to celebrate the Marine Corps and all it stands for, & to celebrate our marines & everything that they do. There is always lots of laughs, lots of food, lots of dancing & lots of reminiscing on the history of the marine corps.

Of course for the girls, including me, there is a lot of planning that happens before the ball. The dress, the hair, the jewelry, the makeup, the shoes, the purse… It never stops. Even though I must say I hardly did any preparing this year & everything was done very last minute. & of course the men, including my husband get a fresh haircut and put on their uniforms, shine their shoes, & all look very handsome in their blues.

I am so proud of my husband and everything that he does. I am so grateful that we have the marine corps ball once a year to celebrate the marine corps & that we have a reason to celebrate all of our marines.

I didn’t take many photos at the ball, but I did take some via instagram. You can follow me (here) Here are a couple that I took, I won’t overload you with photos.. o wait, too late!

And, here is a picture of us at least years Marine Corps ball…

Last years dress was my favorite dress of all the years we have gone. I loved all of the bling  & it was so different than any other dress that night at the ball. Last years dress was from, I did my own makeup & my hair was done at a salon. I loved this years dress as well, it fit me like a glove & was very easy to move around in.. We did a lot of dancing this year & I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions ;) How embarrassing would that would be.. o my! This years dress was from Group USA in Concord, NC. I did my own makeup this year {I love doing makeup!!} & my hair was done at a salon.

Isn’t he a handsome guy? & what a trooper for taking some pictures with me before the ball, got to love him. I regret not getting more pictures throughout the year with him in his uniforms, I need to get better at that. Have you been to a marine corps ball before? Do you have a marine in your life? Or any other military member? I would love to hear about it.. I love meeting other people who are associated with the military, we all share a bond that is very strong & let’s face it we all understand each other in some way or another ;)

xx Liz Marie

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  1. You look stunning! You make a beautiful couple :)

  2. You guys are a knock out couple and I have to say girl, you are rocking that dress! Happy Birthday to the USMC. Thanks to your hubby and men like him for keeping our country safe and carrying on a proud tradition.

    • Thank you so much Shannon! I will tell him you said that.. he appreciates all the support for sure! Thanks for your sweet comment, it made my whole night :) xx

  3. My son is in the Navy….having said that, I have bought special challenge coins in order to fund the Marine Ball in Virginia Beach, VA. Hope you have a wonderful time and thank you for your service to our country.

    • That is awesome that you are doing that Annette.. you must be a very proud Navy Mom :) I hope the ball in Virginia Beach is amazing.. & thank you to your son for his service!

  4. You look gorgeous!!!
    My brother-in-law is a Marine. My SIL is busy busy getting ready for the ball, her dress just arrived the other day & I’m helping her plan for hair & makeup. I must admit that I’m a bit jealous that she gets to dress up! ;-) We’re so proud of my BIL for serving his country!

    • You should be! I am thankful for your brother in laws service as well! That’s awesome that you can help your sister in law get ready for her ball.. I know how nice it is to have some help getting ready for a big occasion like the ball! I hope she feels beautiful that night and has a great time!! xx Liz Marie

  5. Breathtakingly beautiful. Seriously. I started following your blog when I stumbled upon your work on CPYS. Little did I know how talented you were and how interesting your blogs are. I loved your creativity.

    My husband is a Marine, we just PCS’d to Little Rock AFB and we are getting ready to attend our ball on the 16th. Such an incredible experience, isn’t it!

    Marines and their spouses are truly a force to reckon with. You will be proud to know that the 3 years that Marines have been stationed at this AFB we have done more civic duties that any branch. Semper Fi!

    Thank you for what you do! You have kept me company when my husband is away so often. You are the epitome of the perfect Marine Spouse.

    • That’s so awesome how you found my blog, I am so glad to have you here following along with me.. Your kind words seriously made my whole night.. wow! You made me feel so good about what I love doing.. blogging & sharing my love for design with others. Your kinds words inspired me. I am so proud of our marines!! They are amazing.. & I’m proud of us marine wives, we really are a force to be reckoned with.. you said it right. & that is amazing the things they are doing in Little Rock..I hope you enjoy being stationed there! Thank you again for all of your kind words… & I am so glad to have you here. xx Liz Marie

  6. You looked so pretty! And of course your husband looks handsome, too.

    My husbands ball is this weekend, and I am super nervous! He is a geo-bachelor drill instructor down at Parris Island. The kids and I live up near Lejeune, where we own a home. This will be the first time that I meet his fellow drill instructors, (and the first time I get to see him in action as a DI!) so I’m nervous and hoping I make a good impression for him! Wish me luck! :)

    • Thank you Celeste! What an amazing story.. The marine ball is always a little nerve racking seeing their fellow marines & wanting to make a good impression.. I wish you luck on meeting them all and I hope you have an amazing time at the ball!! & have fun seeing him in action for the first time.. I’m sure you will be so impressed with him & what a cool moment to have!

  7. You look wonderful!

    My husband was in the Navy for the first 8 years of our marriage, so the Navy Ball was something we did each year. I always enjoyed it. Now I miss having that chance to dress up and spend time with my uniformed romeo each year!

    Please thank your husband for his service, and you as well for the support you give him.

  8. Jennifer L. says:

    You look gorgeous! My brother and Step Son are in the Army. My brother has recently left Ft. Bragg and is now in Germany. My step son has recently returned to Ft. Bragg from Afghanistan. Thanks to your husband for his service and thanks to you – being a Military wife is also seving!

  9. You look beautiful dear! I love that picture of your Marine kissing your forehead…that’s one I would want my kids to treasure over time. :-) And it looks like you guys had a blast!

  10. You look marvelous! I love the photos of you with your Marine – they are so sweet! Thanks to your husband for his service, and thanks to you for supporting him!

  11. oh, LizMarie you look gorgeous and your husband is too cool. My husband is retired after 26 years in the Army and my son-in-law is in the Coast Guard. I remember those balls. Lots of fun and nice to feel like a princess once a year! Thanks to you and your husband for your service to our country.

  12. Our oldest son served 4 years in the Corps, stationed in Hawaii all of his time. He, and our other son, are both in the Air Force now. But our former Marine is still a Marine at heart. It’s true what they say about Marines: “Once a Marine, always a Marine!” He still gets high and tights even though the AF haircut regs aren’t that strict ;-)

    You guys looked stellar for the Marines Ball! I might be a bit biased, but I think the Marines’ dress blues are still the most impressive. That’s why you ladies dress up so beautifully for the Ball… I’d love to be a mouse in the corner on one of those Ball evenings! Must be wonderful!

  13. Darn girl! You guys make a GORGEOUS couple.

  14. Such a beautiful couple. My husband is a Marine and we’re currently at an Army base. Our ball this year was a lot different than the ones in the past; but it was still a wonderful time to celebrate the Marine Corps. Hope you and your husband had a great time!

  15. You look beautiful…and Thank You to your handsome husband for his Service!!

  16. Diane Scott says:

    Liz, you looked absolutely fabulous! Years ago, while my husband and I lived in Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa we attended 2 Marine Balls. Oh what fun we had. I hope you have many more Marine balls through the years and I hope that each one is as fondly remembered as mine were.

  17. You guys are such a good looking couple! My husband is in the Navy and is currently deployed overseas…I loved the Seabee Ball we went to, hopefully we’ll be able to go next year…he should be home sometime next month…and they’ll we’ll be in Mississippi! I love fellow military wives because only they know what it’s truly like being married to a military man! <3

  18. Danielle K says:

    Im an Army wife. We were going to go to the ball but we will be moving very soon to Colorado… excited about Colorado, bummed about the ball! Next time! Do you guys own your home or rent? We are in the teeter totter process of which to go cause we LOVE Colorado and know people who have bought but you know how the military is, we could be shipped off somewhere else if they want us to. Love the blog Liz!

  19. Christina Westbrooks says:

    I love this post! I come across your blog occasionally on pinterest and had no idea you were a marine wife! My husband is a marine also! I just recently attended my last ball, as my husband is scheduled to get out before the next one rolls around and I was so sad! It’s always so much fun dressing up and seeing them in their blues!!!

  20. I just found your blog and I’m in love with everything you do! Your taste in decorating is exactly what I want our house to look like! I too am a Marine wife and live in North Carolina, so cool to see you aren’t that far away! :)

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