updated 12/28/2011 AT 10:05 AM ET
•originally published 12/28/2011 AT 12:30 PM ET
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.”