The Mountain Houghtons

September 9, 2008  "Ceremony"



We are gathered together to grant this man, Mark Houghton, exclusive title to this woman, Ms. Beatrix Kubinyi, and to all her mineral resources.



The traditional meaning of marriage is greatly distorted in our society. Marriage laws are ambiguous, thus Mark and Beatrix choose to be married according to the prevailing law of this region, which is mining law.

Their union will be honored as any other legal mineral rights claim.


The State of California has drawn up this record of claim, which here and henceforth will be recognized as a certificate of marriage.

So… I ask you, Mark, do you recognize this claim as a contract of marriage and do you take this woman to love, honor and cherish?

Beatrix, do you take this man, Mark Houghton, to love, honor and obey him forever and ever?



No other vows are more important than those you will now assume. 

If you both keep these vows, your home will be happy and full of joy.



Our Vows


I, Beatrix, take you Mark, to be my lawfully wedded husband…for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, even if you buy another chainsaw or some other costly toy.

I promise to love and honor you, to cook and bake for you, to clean up after you and to surrender your share of the blanket.

I promise not to max out all of your credit cards.

I will be yours alone for all time and all eternity.



I, Mark, take you Beatrix, to be my lawfully wedded wife…for better or for worse, for richer or soon to be poorer, in sickness and health.

I will love you and you alone, always and forever even when you nag and scold me.

I promise to support you in all your gardening adventures and in tickling the ivory.

I will call you my honey and will be stuck to you from here on out.




Ring Ceremony


These rings are the symbol of the vows taken and love affirmed.

Though rings are small in size, they are very large in their significance thus they are very expensive.

They are made of platinum and diamond to remind us that love is neither cheep nor common: but indeed love is very costly and dear to us.



Rings are a circle of wholeness, the perfect form.

They mark a commitment to a long journey together.

May these rings forever glow in reflection of the warmth and love that you feel for one another.



Place the ring on the right finger of the left hand and repeat after me. 

I give you this ring; wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end, my love and patience for you is eternal.






I choose you to be my husband/wife this day and every day, from this day forward.








You have been declared before all of us that you will live together in marriage.

You have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the joining of hands, taking of vows, and the giving and receiving of your rings.


Now that you have joined yourselves in solemn matrimony, may you strive all of your lives to meet this commitment with the same love and devotion that you now possess.


By virtue of the authority vested in me as a commissioner of marriages,

I now pronounce you claimed and filed as Mr. and Mrs. Mark Houghton.



Written by Mark & Beatrix

Performed by Tim Johnson from Sonora, California.


Photography by Michael and Bethany Bergman from Mesa, Arizona.


From  "Die Fledermaus"

Composed by Johann Srauss

Performed by Wiener Operenball Orchester

Conducted by Uwe Theimer