Christopher is the son of Suzanne and the late James West of Columbus, and the grandson of the late Burt and Kay Tapley of Columbus. Born in Texas, he spent his early years in Berlin, Germany. His family moved to Columbus when his parents relocated back to the United States. He became a member of St Anne Catholic Church and graduated from Pacelli High School. He attended Berry College and later received his B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in History from Columbus State University, and M.A. in History at Auburn University. He is an Advertising Manager at The Roanoke Times.
Marissa is the daughter of Ok Sun Yi Creswell of Cataula and Robert Creswell of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the granddaughter of Kim Jung Soon and the late Yi Dong Young of Pusan, South Korea and the late Betty Poole of Charlotte, North Carolina. Also an “army brat”, she spent her formative years in Nürnberg, Germany before moving to Columbus in the early 90s. She graduated from Shaw High School, then pursued her love of photography at Columbus State University. She later relocated to Massachusetts where she interned at the Centrum Centre in Worcester. She returned to Columbus a couple years later where she continued her work as a photographer. In the winter of 2012 she moved to Roanoke, Virginia. She is the owner of Bella Muse Photography and Bella Boudoir.