Best Wedding Accessories of 2011

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I have been a fan of Marchesa for years now—their shows are always a highlight of Fashion Week and bridal market. Season after season, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig produce some of the most inspiring collections around—really pushing the boundaries of fashion. Much like their evening and bridal collections, their handbags double as works of art. I first laid eyes (and featured) this minaudiere from their Spring 2012 collection a couple months ago and still get a thrill every time I see it. The mother-of-pearl paillettes create an under-the-sea vibe and the rough-cut gem closure is icing on the proverbial cake—making it perfect for the wedding day and ever after.

See the rest of my favorite wedding accessories of the year after the jump.

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WHITE WATER: These cascading earring work with almost any hairstyle—whether you want to set off a chignon or have something peek out behind luscious waves. Designed in New York by sister team Dannijo, the three-year-old company has been on the fast track since inception, with jewelry in the finest boutiques and department stores, and worn by A-listers such as Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Beyonce, and Rihanna. These Cecil earrings are available in white opal (shown here), clear and turquoise.

GOING NUDE: Valentino has really embraced the black lace trend both in clothing and accessories in his recent collections. With a nod to lingerie, these lace-embroidered peep-toes were voted "Sexy Shoes" of 2011 in a shoppers' poll earlier this year, and we couldn't agree more. Perfect if you have a hint of black in your ivory gown.

SOMETHING BLUE: If you haven't heard of London-based designer Aruna Seth you soon will. Pippa choose one of her sophisticated styles for the royal wedding back in April. The 29-year-old designer's signature motif is a rhinestone butterfly, which are available in a rainbow of colors—these Tiffany blue ones just happen to be our favorite for the wedding day.

BLING BIB: Statement necklaces have become the fashion norm in bridal and ready-to-wear, often providing the perfect touch of wow. This gorgeous piece was designed by Ranjana Khan, who before launching her jewelry collection in 2008 was an expert embroiderer who collaborated with fashion giants like Alexander McQueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Alber Elbaz. This necklace has an elegance despite its mass, and will undoubtedly have nine lives in your jewelry box. —Stephanie Davila

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