Classic Wedding

A glance across the bar leads to a friendship, a courtship, a wedding, a union of two families: Meet Megan and Andrew!

STATEN ISLAND, NY — It was the summer of 2015 when Megan Aileen Sullivan and Andrew Lava first exchanged glances across the room in Brooklyn’s Kettle Black Sports Bar & Restaurant, a neighborhood dining spot owned by the Casatelli family.

The local venue had always been familiar to Megan, since her brother is a “mixologist” at the popular Bay Ridge hot spot.

Since that evening, the couple revel in recounting the magic of that night they exchanged glances for the first time.


It might have been a joke, but Megan’s “Granny,” Aileen Jones, a long-time resident of Grant City and Megan’s namesake, always maintained with a chuckle that the best place to find a husband was in a bar. In this case, it proved true.

Megan and Andrew became friends, dated for several years and in time learned that the inherent components in a fulfilling relationship are love and devotion and mutual respect and communication. With that, everything else falls into place.

Fast forward to the height of the global coronavirus pandemic when so many lives were affected by the international public health emergency. It was a time when Megan’s father was battling a compromising medical situation of his own and was required to undergo surgery.

Along with the rest of the world, the couple was on edge during that scary time.

Megan Aileen Sullivan and Andrew Lava said their “I do’s” in St. Clare RC Church. (Courtesy/Caroline Morris)Staten Island Advance

“But the gravity of the pandemic really brought our families closer together,” Andrew said. “I think it made me realize how important Megan and her family are to me, ushering me to propose. I asked Megan for her hand in marriage outside of her childhood home in Great Kills in front of both of our families. And my family was hiding behind trees on Greencroft Avenue on Jan. 2, 2021.”

He feels their relationship was a positive and hopeful moment during such a dark period.

“That moment of hope led to so many more positive moments for both of our families that culminated with the merger of our two families on Oct. 22, 2022 — the day the Castleton Corners residents married in St. Clare RC Church in Great Kills.

The couple’s nuptial Mass was celebrated by St. Clare Parochial Vicar and NYPD Emerald Society Chaplain, Rev. Brendan Gormley.

Megan and Andrew

Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew Lava (Courtesy/Caroline Morris)Staten Island Advance

A reception followed at the Grand Oaks Country Club in Huguenot.

The bride is the daughter of Anne Marie and Thomas Sullivan of Great Kills. The bridegroom is the son of Valerie and Richard Lava of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

The bride was escorted to the altar by her father, Thomas Sullivan. Kaitlin and Maura Sullivan were the maids of honor for their older sister.

Sean Martin Hayes, an NYPD Robbery Squad detective and childhood friend of Andrew, was best man.

Megan and Andrew

mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lava (Courtesy/Caroline Morris)Staten Island Advance

A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Mrs. Lava received a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of (Pa.) Scranton. She is a wealth management financial professional for Equitable Advisors.

mr. Lava is a graduate of Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in International Affairs from Fordham University, Rose Hills Campus in The Bronx. He is a police officer with the NYPD and works in the press office for the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information in 1 Police Plaza.

Following their nuptials, the couple honeymooned in Hawaii.