Danny Gokey Is Married
01/29/2012 AT 06:30 PM EST
American Idol alum Danny Gokey has married model Leyicet Peralta, his manager confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. The couple said "I do" among family and friends in Florida on Sunday.
"We are so thankful to have found each other and now be able to spend the rest of our lives together," the newlyweds tell PEOPLE in a statement. "We pray our gratitude grows more every day because there is so much for us to do now."
This is the second marriage for Gokey, 31, who tragically lost his first wife Sophia in 2008 after a routine surgery for congenital heart disease.
But her spirit lived on for Gokey and Peralta, 25, on their big day. The couple asked their guests that all gifts be in the form of a donation to Sophia's Heart, the children's charity founded by Gokey to honor his late wife.
The ceremony was a low-key affair with about 100 attendees. "We wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding of just friends and family," the couple tell PEOPLE. "The theme of the wedding was romance and love."
But that doesn't mean they didn't splurge on treats for the reception: the bride and groom celebrated with a cake that Gokey calls "three tiers of chocolaty heaven."