Nevada County people: Nickel wish helps lands husband |

Nevada County people: Nickel wish helps lands husband

Three years ago, Nevada Union graduate Carrie Hayward wished for a guy who liked Disneyland but didn’t live with his mother.

Then she tossed a nickel into the pond at Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Valley.

That very night, her wish came true when she met puppeteer Patrick Johnson at his cousin Gabe Guy’s birthday party.

Hayward had attended classes with Guy at Lyman Gilmore and Nevada Union High School.

When Johnson asked Hayward what movie she thought should win the Oscars, she replied, “The Incredibles.” To Hayward’s delight, Johnson said, “Look!” and held up his arm to reveal an Incredibles wrist watch.

“I guess we’re both kids at heart,” Hayward said.

In February, the couple, both 30, plan to wed in the Morocco Pavilion of Disney World’s Epcot Center near Orlando, Fla.

“We didn’t want to have a traditional wedding,” Hayward said.

The future bride is the daughter of Charlie Hayward and the late Beverly Hayward of Grass Valley. She graduated in 1994 from Nevada Union High School and in 1997 from the University of the Pacific. She is an editor at Cohen Brown Picture Company in Los Angeles.

In her spare time, Hayward edits guide books for Walt Disney World.

The future groom is the son of Mark and Eileen Johnson, both of San Leandro, and the nephew of Nancy Cunningham of Grass Valley. He graduated in 1995 from San Leandro High School and is a 1998 graduate of DeAnza College. He co-owns the puppetry company, Swazzle with his twin brother, Sean Johnson.

The couple will make their home in Los Angeles, where they like to visit Disneyland at least once a month.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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