"It bothers me a little bit that she couldn't get along with the other girls," she told her son, adding that she worried about the kind of relationship Girardi would have with her sisters-in-law.
But after the Pavelka women spent more time with Girardi, they all said they could tell how in love she was and felt guilty for judging her based on their first impression.
"I could spend the next 80 years with [Jake] and be so happy to do that," Girardi said. "When we're together, it's just us. He brings out the best in me. I could not see my life without Jake."
"I'm no longer concerned," Sallie Pavelka said. "I think she really does love him and care about him. I think that she would make a very good wife for him."
That came as a relief to Pavelka, who said "I can picture Vienna as my wife."
Girardi wasn't the only source of drama during this season of "The Bachelor," which was filled with unexpected departures, emotional twists and one surprising scandal.
Contestant Rozlyn Papa was asked to leave the show when rumors surfaced that she was having an affair with one of the show's producers. She denies the affair with the staffer, who was let go, but a number of contestants said during "The Women Tell All" special that they witnessed the two together.
And fan favorite Ali Fedotowsky, who repeatedly clashed with Girardi, left the show unexpectedly when she had to choose between her job and Pavelka.
On the finale, Girardi said that "this is the life I've always wanted, this is the guy I've always wanted, this is the fairytale I thought I'd never have."
As "The Bachelor" and his fiancee plan their life together, Pavelka isn't done with the spotlight just yet. He'll be appearing as a contestant on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."