Danny Gokey married model Leyicet Peralta today among family and friends in Florida on Sunday, a rep has confirmed to People magazine.

“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. We pray our gratitude grows more every day because there is so much for us to do now.”

The ceremony was low-key, 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.”

The wedding feast featured a cake that Danny calls “three tiers of chocolaty heaven.”

This is Danny’s second marriage. As many of you know, he lost his first wife, Sophia, in 2008 after a routine surgery for congenital heart disease.

Danny and Leyicet requested that all gifts from guests be in the form of a donation to Sophia’s Heart, the children’s charity the Season 8 alum founded to honor his late wife.

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  • steph6449

    Copying this from the headline thread — first photo from the wedding to surface

    http://twitter.com/#!/WisconsinVision/status/163763430044610560/photo/1

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations and much happiness to Danny and his bride!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    After all Danny has been through in the past few years, he truly deserves some happiness.  Congrats to the happy couple!  :)

  • Anonymous

    Danny deserves to find love again.  I wish great happiness to the two of them.

  • Anonymous

    :thumbs up: to the new Mr & Mrs Daniel J Gokey

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZTKMQRJ25JFLSZCL2M7MJIGENI D S R

    So excited for Danny and Leyicet!  I wish the very best to both of them. 

  • Anonymous

    It is great to think of Danny feeling happy and full of joy.  I think that he is such a good person and puts so much effort toward helping others, and I’m glad that he has found love again and has someone to share his life.  I wish them huge success in their life together and may they find every happiness.

  • luvadamlambert

    Congratulations Danny!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JD4QD3RDPAAFIO7HYGXHGTSVYQ A

    Very happy for Danny and his wife! I hope they have a very happy life together!

    –aek

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Danny and Leyicet Blessings and a Long and Happy Marriage !!

  • steph6449

    New photo. Leyicet looks lovely, and Danny looks very happy. Aww.

    bfraley: the Fraley’s & the Gokey’s.  @leyicet & @dannygokey, so happy for you guys! Honored 2 be here celebrating with you two!

    http://pic.twitter.com/H1ZRTfuB

    Brandon is the music director / keyboard player / main backing vocalist who has been with Danny’s band. His wife Jamie is with him in the photo with Danny and Leyicet. She has also performed frequently with Danny when not on the road in her main role as background singer for Carrie.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to the happy couple.  I’m glad that Danny was able to find someone special to share his life with.

  • Anonymous

    And Danny has on what looks like a full tuxedo…yay!! he looks good and she looks beautiful.

  • steph6449

    You sure you want to say those can’t be tuxedo shorts?  :O

    But he looks very good, and she really does look beautiful in that as well as very happy.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the wedding coverage from People that should be coming with some high quality pics.

    ETA: Ok, we have to take that back. Long pants it is ;)

    http://lockerz.com/s/179050294

    Photo via Joel Wilbur. Sharon Wilbur was with S8, I think? She’s commenting about the wedding on twitter from her account with FL Fox station Fox 30

    Face of FOX 30
    HAPPY WEDDING DAY to my amazing friends Danny Gokey and Leyicet. I love you guys! :)

  • Anonymous

    And here is one that shows Leyicet’s dress more fully:

    http://lockerz.com/s/179050294

  • http://twitter.com/ianaleah iana leahman

    Congratulations and best wishes. I wish for you all the blessings of life.

  • Anonymous

    You sure you want to say those can’t be tuxedo shorts? :O

    So very true !!

  • Anonymous

    Steph, you are beating me by a few minutes each time.  I bow to your faster internet and fingers! 

  • Anonymous

    congratulations to Danny & his bride

  • steph6449

    My guess is this was taken recently when Scott was in Nashville and tweeted about having dinner with Danny?

    ScottDMacIntyre: It’s @DannyGokey & @ScottDMacIntyre with their wives! :) Congrats Danny!
    http://twitpic.com/8dfupr

    A new pic from the reception:

    Wisconsin Vision: The happy @dannygokey couple. Nothing but best wishes. Thank you for including us.
    http://pic.twitter.com/VkZEjD9O

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Danny & Leyicet.

  • pj

    Good luck to the happy couple!

    Gotta say in the pic she looks like a drag queen. ;)

  • happyhexer

    Wishing Danny and Leyicet love and laughter, good health and happiness, and peace and prosperity, now and always.

  • RightNow

    A lifetime of health and happiness to the newlyweds. Leyicet is a very pretty girl indeed. And it was generous of them to ask that instead of wedding gifts, guests make a donation to charity.

  • steph6449

    I won’t post the link here, but a UK tabloid site seems to have paparazzi photos up about Danny’s wedding. Lol.

    I think I would rather wait and see the real ones from People whenever they publish them if that’s still the plan.

  • Anonymous

    Danny’s new wife is so pretty.  I think her name is cool. :)