Manny Perez Marries Yumilka Valerio

Yumilka Valerio and Manny Perez

Alexander Luperon

updated 07/08/2014 AT 7:00 PM ET

originally published 07/09/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET

Manny Perez is a married man.

The actor, who has had roles on Homeland, Rescue Me and Third Watch, married Yumilka Valerio on Friday in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

“This is the happiest and most blessed moment in our lives,” the couple tell PEOPLE in a statement.

The pair said their vows at sunset while on the beach near the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata. Raffaele Pitrella designed both the wedding gown and Perez’s cream-colored suit. The bride’s impressive veil had embroidery detailing.

Perez, 45, and Valerio, 27, have been dating for a year and this is the first marriage for both. The couple are currently honeymooning in the Caribbean.

Yumilka Valerio and Manny Perez

Alexander Luperon

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