Danny Gokey and Leyicet Peralta; inset, her engagement ring
Courtesy Danny Gokey (2)
12/28/2011 at 10:05 AM EST
Wedding bells will ring for Danny Gokey and girlfriend Leyicet Peralta on Jan. 29, they announced Tuesday
, and now come exclusive details on the engagement ring and the proposal itself.
"Danny originally chose a ring that was too big for Leyicet's finger," says the rep for the country singer and American Idol
season-8 finalist, "so they went on a hunt for a new one together."
Money was a consideration, as the couple devote considerable resources to the charity Sophia's Heart
, which honors the memory of Gokey's late wife, Sophia, who died during routine heart surgery in 2008.
"Leyicet had a specific budget she did not want to go over," says the rep. "The couple know they have a lot of responsibility with Sophia's Heart, so they wanted to make sure they spent their money wisely."
The proposal itself could not have been more romantic. Says the rep: "Danny surprised Leyicet and had a car pick her up. They had an intimate dinner by the ocean under a beautiful sunset in downtown Miami.
"After dinner, they went to the ballet, and finally Danny took her where they had their first date. Danny serenaded Leyicet with a song her mother used to sing to her as a baby, 'You Are So Beautiful,' and then he popped the big question. She, of course, enthusiastically said yes."
Since then, "the couple have been getting a lot of support and are very grateful to have found each other," the rep adds. "Needless to say, they are ecstatic and excited about the upcoming nuptials."